Well its a combination of a few factors.Originally Posted by Jungle Jumbo
Firstly, he isnt that highly respected in SA Cricket. What I mean is that he is not a 'sexy' player that generates fan support and strong feelings. There are not many people pushing for his inclusion. Also, despite last season, he has been pushed hard for his Titans place let alone garnering SA consideration.
SA, like many countries, is obsessed with batting depth and youth. Many potential SA players are not picked as they cant bat. Tshabalala will have to face this as his career progresses. However, where Botha and Tshabalala are ahead of Harris is that they are a few or more years younger.
Skin colour also plays a role as well. Guys like Robin Peterson are lightyears behind him as a bowler but there is certainly the mentality of "Why waste one of our white picks on a guy like Harris when we are not 100% sure of him and he may not stand the test of time"
He is also not the biggest spinner of the ball and there may be doubts of what he could achieve at test level.
NOTE- For those interested in recent developments in the Johan Botha saga.
From a week or so ago, but he failed his most recent test so its not looking good.