Legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis has said he is excited by the return of AB de Villiers in the Test team. South Africa had to wait close to two years to see one of the finest ever batsmen donning the white jersey once again when de Villiers played in the inaugural four-day Boxing Day Test against Zimbabwe.
Before the match against Zimbabwe, the former Proteas skipper had not played a Test since January 2016. Injuries kept him out of series against New Zealand and Australia in 2016 before he took a sabbatical from the longest format of the game. Speculations were rife that the star batsman would quit the longest format of the game before he stepped down as ODI captain and committed to play across all formats.
De Villiers is now gearing up to play his first five-Test in two years, and just like others, Kallis is excited too. The legendary cricketer also said the addition of de Villiers in the Test side would make it strong.
“It [De Villiers’ return] is great news for South Africa, he is a world class player,” Kallis told Omnisport.
“Any team with AB de Villiers in it makes it a hell of a lot stronger side. I’m looking forward to him playing for South Africa and I know he is looking forward to it as well. It is always a big series for us, we are looking forward to it and I think it will be a good test to see where we are,” he added.
Kallis further hoped that India’s poor record in South Africa would continue in the upcoming series too. Since touring the rainbow nation for the first time in 1992, India have not managed to win a single series in six attempts with the 1-1 draw during the 2010-11 tour being their best return.
“Obviously India struggled a little bit out of their own conditions and in South Africa they have a history of that so hopefully that will continue for South Africa’s sake,” he said.
We have a good side now that are really coming together and hopefully we can play some good cricket. I have no doubt we have the talent,” he added.
The three-match Test series will start on January 5 in Cape Town.
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