South Africa won the Bangladesh series under Ottis Gibson    Getty Images
South Africa won the Bangladesh series under Ottis Gibson Getty Images

South Africa have had a good start since Ottis Gibson s appointment as head coach. They whitewashed Bangladesh in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. However, South Africa have some challenges coming their way the 4-day pink-ball cricket against Zimbabwe followed by series against India and Australia. South Africa are also well resourced for these series with the return of their experienced blokes AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn. Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada are all declared fit for the upcoming fixtures.

However, that is adding to Gibson s nightmare, although he does not mind it. The coach wants to get de Villiers back into the side but at the cost of Temba Bavuma. The 27-year old had a decent year with the bat. He also sent out a strong message through the 3-day warm-up match against Zimbabwe notching up 70. Another alarming question for Gibson is to go ahead with three or four seamers. Steyn would, of course, demand all the attention despite going wicket-less in the warm-up tie.

Gibson was impressed with Steyn, who conceded just 16 runs of 12 overs he bowled in the warm-up. Steyn would, however, be assessed in the upcoming Zimbabwe Test.

In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Gibson revealed on making South Africa a formidable unit to dethrone the No. 1 Test side, on Steyn s comeback and the playing XI conundrum.

Some nightmares are good nightmares

Some nightmares you want to wake up quickly from but this one is a good nightmare because you are bringing back such good quality players. It’s going to be interesting selection but if we get right and you look at the strength of the team we can put on the park, that’s a pleasing thing. It’s good to have all those guys back. Getting the right blend is going to be a challenge but it’s one we’re all looking forward to.

Dale Steyn is the best bowler of the modern generation

He has been a champion bowler for a long time, probably along with James Anderson, probably the best of the modern generation in terms of wickets taken, games played and the way he has led the South African attack for a number of years. When you’ve had such a long layoff and a significant injury, you just have to wait and see how you pull up. Hopefully he pulls up well from that game, and we’ll see how he goes going into this summer.

We know we need to be at our best to compete with No.1 Test team

Against Bangladesh, we started to try and talk in a particular way around the dressing room and we tried to play in a particular way. We tried to be very positive in the way we went about Test cricket and take opportunities when they come along. Hopefully we will try and continue that in this game and then leading into the India series. India are the No.1 team in the world at the moment and we know we need to be at our best if we are going to compete with them and beat them, which is our ultimate goal.