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You reckon A Morkel or McLaren were given long enough as possible test all-rounders?van Zyl is excellent, he would have got into the team earlier if not for guys like Kallis and Smith!! He and Elgar had been knocking on the door for awhile.... Vilas is not a batsmen he is the wicket-keeper, he can bat and does well but he is not the class of someone like van Zyl. I think he is ahead of Quinny due to experience and form (for awhile there) and they have stuck with him. Vilas has been around the SA (and county circuit I believe, unsure for certain) for a number of years and has always performed well, his experience comes in with communication with the bowlers I think, while he is not experienced in India, he communicates with the cpt. and bowlers better, and this may have been needed in India. I am almost certain unless Vilas does something special that Quinny will be keeping in the tests again when England come to SA.
Upcoming SA batsman are R Rossouw (injured), R Hendricks, Theunis de Bruyn (I rate this one). Roussouw and Bavuma are fighting for the next in-line for test team. Rossouw is highly talented and should probably get in next but Bavuma (who I quite like) might get in for those other reasons. Bavuma should definitely have played this last test. But really the SA test batting line-up is pretty sorted unless injury forces an issue.
We have young fast bowlers, a few slower bowlers, some batsmen all coming though. Right now the problem is I can`t see a genuine all-rounder of Pollock/Klusener/Kallis (little unfair that one!) ability coming through... this is why SA are struggling to balance sides at the moment. Wiese fits the best, but I don't quite rate him good enough on either discipline at International level. This is also why Parnell ended up as such a disappointment.