Moeen Ali was not picked for the series in South Africa, the all-rounder not ready to make his return to the England Test set-up.
England and Australia are planning to play Tests in Pakistan in the coming years, according to Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani.
England will have Ben Stokes available to bowl in South Africa, and the all-rounder has backed captain Joe Root to maintain his strong form.
Italy will play England at Wembley on March 27, as the Azzurri and the Three Lions begin their preparations for Euro 2020.
After a series of off-field issues for Cricket South Africa, Faf du Plessis has said: "The attention needs to be on the cricket."
England's highest Test wicket taker James Anderson is poised to return for a four-match series in South Africa.
Raheem Sterling suffered vile abuse at Chelsea a year ago this weekend. He is now at the forefront of football's fight against racism.
Bob Willis' death at the age of 70 has led to tributes from across the sport of cricket, with Ian Botham joining the long list.
Joe Root gave his England players the example to follow in New Zealand, with a tour of South Africa to come.
Jadon Sancho continues to be a target for Premier League clubs and Chelsea are ready to spend big.