AB de Villiers will boost South Africa, jests Jacques Kallis


He also hoped that Kohli's team would make the country proud by winning a Test series or two from their demanding assignments in South Africa, England and Australia.

With 421 wickets from 108 Tests at an impressive average of 23.11 and strike-rate of 57.8, Pollock now leads South Africa's all-time bowling charts in the premier format of the game. "It does not do too much after 25- 30 overs, so these are the kind of situations we are trying to prepare for", Press Trust of India quoted Bhuvneshwar as saying.

Steyn returned to red-ball cricket during last month's warm-up match between Cricket South Africa Invitation XI and Zimbabwe at Paarl.

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"We haven't talked so far". The focus is on the basics. "Maybe a couple of days before the first Test, we will see how to strategise according to the batsman", Bhuvneshwar said. We have convinced ourselves that it's going to be much quicker and much bouncier than back home and you are going to get balls that may surprise you every now and then. I'm looking forward to him playing for South Africa and I know he is looking forward to it as well. "As a team we have confidence in our personal skills set", said Kohli. Kohli has only played in two other Tests against South Africa, when India toured in 2013/14, but showed his ability to handle the pace and bounce of South African pitches by making 119 and 96 in the first Test in Johannesburg. It brought de Villiers down to earth, although he was still South Africa's best batsman, scoring 258 runs at an average of 36.85.

Dale Steyn has been close to the milestone for more than a year now but, at the age of 34, time is running out for the speed merchant to become South Africa's most prolific wicket taker. "We have done well in the last two years and we are confident of doing well in these conditions". "I have a lot to learn from the senior bowlers and the bowling coach as well". "I can pick reverse swing from Umesh, Ishant and Shami and they can pick swing from me". While Rahane and Pujara may be high-quality players - in the same way that Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla are for South Africa - no player on either side can match the aura created by Kohli and de Villiers, whose thrilling stroke play can change the course of a match.