De Villiers talks up pacey Proteas

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AB de Villiers, pictured, has confidence in the South African bowling attack

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AB de Villiers, pictured, has confidence in the South African bowling attack

South Africa's AB de Villiers feels Australia should be wary of his side's pace attack ahead of the three-Test series between the two countries.

De Villiers has the best view of his country's bowlers from his place behind the stumps, and while he said the likes of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander shouldn't be feared, they should certainly be respected.

"They're just a classy bowling attack," De Villiers said. "We've got variation, which is probably key. Each bowler is so different - Dale's the swing bowler, Morne gets a lot of bounce and Vern just nips it around like Pigeon (Glenn McGrath) used to for the Aussies."

South Africa's wicketkeeper has struggled with a persistent back injury, but some time off from the game in the lead-up to the series has left him feeling refreshed.

"It's always been an issue and rest is really important for me," De Villiers said.

"So I've had my few weeks of rest at home and I'm ready to go again."

While De Villiers has spent some time behind the stumps during the shorter formats of the game, he has only recently taken the gloves from the retired Mark Boucher in Test cricket.

It's a role De Villiers enjoys, but he admitted he still has some learning to do.

"It's something that I'm really looking forward to doing in the next few years, hopefully," De Villiers said.

"I had a nice chat with Gary (Kirsten, South Africa coach) and it's something that I really want to improve on, the wicketkeeping."

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