Did Bavuma not have a really good four day season before he was called up though?No worries regarding rambling thoughts my friend ha. I guess if SA felt the need to pick an all-rounder since you can argue in most cases still they don't need one - that all-rounder in A Morkel or McClaren wouldn't be challenging Duminy or Philander for a place - but rather the W keeper spot QDK/Vilas & thus AB would keep.
In some respects over the years not just in tests but all formats I never thought SA gave A Morkel or McClaren long enough runs though.
Agree pretty much. Your point on Bavuma is interesting. Speaking to some other proteas I know outside CW, they have been saying a while long before this series while he is a ok batsman they reckon he is pushed into the national set-up in recent more for quota reasons. They sensed him not being picked in 1st test was similar reasons why when that keeper Tsokeile was around after Boucher retired & SA had chosen to let AB keep in tests until De Kock emerged - the management didn't rate him.
The preferable squad selection I've been hearing was that SA should have picked a natural opener this series in either Stephen Cook (leading Sunsoil Series run scorer last year) or Andrew Puttick & moved Van Zyl back to his natural middle-order spot.
I know he did well against the England Lions when they toured with a pretty strong side last year also.
You will get a few LOL quota picks over the next few years sadly, but I don't think he been called up was to outrageous really.