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AB de Villiers 'excited' about Virat Kohli and co's South Africa tour

AB de Villiers 'excited' about Virat Kohli and co's South Africa tour

De Villiers had taken a break from the longest format in a bid to extend his limited-overs career, and will play his first game in whites in almost 24 months when South Africa take on Zimbabwe in a four-day pink-ball Test starting on Tuesday (December 26).

Not playing the warm-up match might have denied de Villiers some valuable time out in the middle but the 33-year-old said his preparations have been in place and he is geared up for his Test return. It's a little niggle, something I have had for the last eight or nine years. He played a Test match last in January 2016 against England. "I have been working for the last six months to get ready for this". I started in July facing red balls at the University of Pretoria, getting some technical stuff sorted out. "I needed a bit of rest and I feel fit and ready to go again".

"It's well documented how little test cricket we have played, but I think for us it is less about the type of cricket and more about just playing at worldwide level", Streak said.

"I faced a few pink balls here on a spicy wicket, it was really tough".

When he was asked about the India series, De Villiers praised Kohli and admitted it will be a "great challenge". It's the ultimate form of the game. They'll be a big challenge for us, they have got some match winners in their team and we'll respect that and hopefully find our way to get on the top. "Last time I was here I think they played the same song for about five hours". Before 1972/73, Tests were played over a variety of durations - from three days to six- and some were even "timeless" Tests, to go on until a result was achieved. I would have loved to play in that three-day game but unfortunately it didn't work out.

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Zimbabwe may not present a same kind of challenge but it's important for Gibson that the team starts to gel again, after more than two months playing domestic cricket.

While Philander struggled with a back injury for a few months and Morkel battled through a side-strain, Steyn has not played an global in more than a year since last November.

"They've played a lot better over the last few series we've played here compared to the 90s. I think they are a team that is young and determined", De Villiers said.

On Kohli, he commented, "We know all about Virat Kohli, how determined he is as a captain". We are well aware of that.

Masakadza feels they are now in a good space as a side after they beat Sri Lanka away in an one-day global series and came close to winning the one-off Test, while they drew there last Test at home against the West Indies even though they lost the series 1-0. And with Australia hosting at least one day-night Test each summer since 2015, it would be a challenge for Cricket Australia to persuade its Indian counterpart to participate in one come the following home season of 2018-19. He also played the three ODIs and two T20Is against Bangladesh in September and seven of Titans' 12 twenty-over games, including the semi-final and final, and believes he is adequately prepared for the rigours of Test cricket.


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