Ab de Villiers (left) and Dale Steyn    Getty Images (File Photo)
Ab de Villiers (left) and Dale Steyn Getty Images (File Photo)

South Africa‘s new head coach Ottis Gibson has given a nod for AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn to make their way back to the South African Test side once they clear the fitness test. De Villiers has been missing Test cricket since January 2017 owing to multiple injuries. Gibson has confirmed that South Africa would make way to fit de Villiers in the squad, no matter what, owing to his tremendous reputation. Gibson is coming off an impressive first assignment as the team’s head coach, beating Bangladesh comfortably in all formats of the tour, while he looks ahead to the tours of India and Australia. Gibson confirms taking over SA’s bowling coach role from Langeveldt

On Steyn’s chances of making it back to the national side

“He has got a lot of T20 cricket to play and he has also got a lot of time where we can build up his workload and see that he is 100% fit,” Gibson said. “He is Dale Steyn. He is not some average guy from down the road. He is one of the best bowlers the country has ever produced. If you look him in the eyes and you say, ‘Dale are you sure you can make it?’ and he says he can make it, then he is getting the opportunity,” Gibson was quoted as saying, as reported by ESPNCricinfo.

On Morne Morkel’s chances of playing ICC World Cup 2019

“Morne is pretty committed to the Proteas over the next couple of years. Obviously, the World Cup is a big thing. He is well aware that there can be no guarantees with regards to that. When it comes to 2019, it will be form, fitness, conditions that sort of that. We had a good, honest discussion and he has committed his future to us over the next couple of years.” AB de Villiers: I am prepared to do whatever it takes to get back in Test team

On his relationship with Faf du Plessis

“We have a really nice relationship; he is a nice guy. He is very passionate about playing for his country and leading his country. When he is back, he will be a lean, mean fighting machine.”

On youngsters in the side

“Aiden Markram is a real talent and he has started really well. Hopefully, he will be able to carry on that form for the rest of the summer. And then young Wiaan Mulder came in; I saw him, I liked him, I spoke to the selectors about him. It was a good opportunity to get him around us in the Test series so he can get a feel for what international cricket is all about.

I think there is a message in that for every young cricketer and every sort of high-performing cricketer in the country. Look at Robbie Frylinck – he got a debut in T20s. When I asked around the country about one-day players, everybody said he is one of the best white-ball cricketers in the country. It’s only fair that if we are going to widen the pool that we look at him. When you are picking a team for international cricket, you can only pick 11 people and sometimes a lot of people feel like they are not part of it. We are trying to widen the pool of opportunities to give as many as possible an opportunity.”