The Cricket South Africa on Friday announced the 15-member squad for the Test series against India.
Dale Steyn, who missed the four-day, day/night Test match due to illness has been included in the mix and will form formidable pace attack.
Chris Morris is also set to return after recovering from the groin injury and will join the camp in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Faf du Plessis, who missed the Zimbabwe encounter with a viral infection, is back in the fold and will lead the side against Virat Kohli’s men.
After his return to the longest format, Cricket South Africa expects Ab de Villiers to perform up to his potential
Quinton de Kock is suffering from hamstring but he is expected to be fit before the first ball is bowled on January 5.
SA XI: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn
South Africa will host India for a three-match Test series before taking on them in limited-over rubber.
The first match is scheduled to be played in Cape Town on January 5.
It will be the battle of supremacy as these are the top two teams in the ICC Test ranking.