Stand-in captain Faf du Plessis

The Proteas will be looking to blow off the rust when they return to Test action today.

They take on New Ze aland in the first of two clashes, starting at Kingsmead.

And here the Daily Voice looks at what we want to see with a long season ahead, including five-day showdowns against Sri Lanka and Australia.

Faf becomes a leader

With captain AB de Villiers ruled out with an injury, Faf will take the team’s reins.

He already has experience in the T20 arena, but we all know that Tests are ‘n perd van ander kleur.

What we do hope he will bring to the party is an aggressive approach when it’s needed.

With the attack he has at his disposal, he should be looking to take advantage of the local conditions and get on top of the Kiwis.

But with such an early start to the season, the tracks may be just as soft as the ones found in New Zealand and play into the Black Caps’ hands.

Return of Steyn and Vern

It's been a while since we have seen these two guys in action in the Test arena.

With both players on the wrong side of 30 now, questions are being asked about their effectiveness.

Steyn has not been the force he used to be in the last couple of years. It’s as if he has less control of his line as he gets older, when his experience should be keeping him in line.

Vern is in the same boat. And they need to change their approach to keep taking wickets. As the older manne, they should be leading the attack instead of young Kagiso Rabada carrying the team on his shoulders.

How low can you go?

Without AB in the side, folks are already worried that the batting line-up will collapse. Any team will miss the presence of a batsman of his talent, but the Proteas need to step up.

Looking at the squad, they should have enough to dominate with their top six. But with Vern and Dane Piedt down the order, they should add more to the tally.