While all the hype is around India and their preparations ahead of the series opener against South Africa, Faf du Plessis the Protean skipper has voiced out his excitement about the series that's about to unfold starting today.
As far a report in PTI, the South African skipper has strategies in place for this important series against one of their arch-rivals, India.
Having lost the last series playing against India in India back in 2015, Du Plessis has said that they are looking to settle the score. "I don't know when the next Test series against India is, but it's probably the last time all of us (senior players) play against India and there's no better way than playing a series in South Africa. We were disappointed the last time we went there and we've got a score to settle, so we're excited for this series," he added.
Du Plessis was all praise for the pitch prepared for the opening Test and said it looked ideal for his team.
"I like the fact that there is some sort of preference that we can try to get an advantage. I think the groundsman has done a fantastic job with the heat. The wicket looks good.It looks like it's going to be exactly what we wanted."
Faf also kept his view on AB de Villiers' selection for the Test series. "This selection is probably one of the hardest that we are going to have to make. There are just so many combinations you can look at. It's a nice headache to have, a possibility to play four seamers but we're still talking about what could be our strongest eleven," he added.
When asked specifically about Steyn's possible inclusion, he replied, "It's a tough call. For me, he is the best bowler in the world. He hasn't played for a while and he hasn't got the overs under his legs that he would have wanted"
"But facing Dale in the nets, the skill feels like it hasn't gone anywhere. He has got the same pace and the same swing. Skill-wise it's like he has just jumped back on that bicycle and is riding again" concluded the South African captain.