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AB de Villiers in his illustrious 12-year long career, despite scoring 21 Test tons, knows the need to earn his place back in the national Test side after a long break but seems ready to work hard and become a part of the starting XI.
"The series against India is going to be great. They have given a run for the money when we last played in South Africa. I remember Sachin's (Tendulkar) last series in SA, we drew 1-1.
Hopefully, I will be with the boys on the park to compete against India. It is not that I can just walk into the team. I have to work hard for it. I am prepared to work really hard to be selected to play against India", AB said as per a report published on Indian Express.
The break AB took from long form cricket allowed him to analyse his work pressure and manage the load accordingly.
"The last 12 months have been very important to me. Just really finding my feet again. In a way pressing the reset button. Looking back at what happened in the last 12-odd years and also assessing where I want to go and what I needed to achieve still.
"To feel happy in my life at the end of the day having stepped down from ODI captaincy. I feel very refreshed, revived and ready to go again. I have very quickly realized that it (cricket) is the most important thing in my life"
AB also spoke on his "excitement" to team up with new RSA coach and former Windies bowler Ottis Gibson.
"Ottis Gibson, I don't know him personally well, I've obviously seen him quite a few times," said de Villiers.
"I've never had a proper conversation with him. He has played a lot of cricket in his days so he has a great insight into the game and I'm very excited to get to know him better and to start the season off with him as coach."
Imagining a South African Test side with AB at 4 adds a lot of pressure on the opposition too but AB knows that it won't be a cake-walk to build the same pressure right from game one.
"I think we've got a long road to walk together as a team with him and I'm very positive about the road ahead.
"Ottis has played the game and will understand the ins and outs of what we need to do to become a better team and so I'm looking forward to start off with him."
Gibson's first assignment with the South African side will be against a touring Bangladesh but AB will join him in the squad when the number one ranked Indian team tours the nation.