But the one thing Vettori has that none of his competitors have is that he has proven he's good enough to play at Test level, against any opposition. Six centuries and twenty three half centuries scored in the lower half of the batting order, imo, is a lot of talent to discard based on form, especially since no other NZ all rounders are really putting their hand up. I personally would give him the SA series, batting at six, and reassess afterwards if he doesn't perform.
And I'm not considering any pure batsmen for the six spot because if we get into the situation where Amla and Kallis are putting together a 400 run partnership on a road, we will need that Vettori style bowler who can bowl a crap load of tight overs so our seamers can rest. The last thing we want is to bowl our seam trio into the ground and have them all fall over injured.
Five batsmen, one batting all rounder, keeper and four bowlers.
If Watling wants a place in this team he needs to play as keeper or replace one of the top five. I actually would quite like to see Watling given the chance to play as keeper in a two Test series. If only to answer the two questions I have about him: is he good enough (or could be good enough) to keep at Test level? And is he good enough to score runs at Test level against a good bowling attack?