Who will fill Jacques Kallis’ shoes?

Wood carvers – when things get tough Leather hurlers – when green tops beckon
Beuran Hendricks

The jack of all trades – the frontrunners

Ryan McLaren (31)

Wayne Parnell (24)
First-class record: 47 matches; 1 296 runs at 22.34; 50s: 7, HS: 91. Bowling: 126 wickets at 32.94; best: 7/56 Test Record: Three matches, 34 runs at 17, HS: 17; Bowling: five wickets at 45.40 2013/14 Sunfoil Series stats: one match, eight wickets at 12.75 State of readiness: Has shown enough talent to succeed at test level but needs to convert List A batting form, where he has two tons, to first-class level

Dean Elgar (26)
Test record: Seven matches; 215 runs at 30.71; HS: 103* First-class record: 93 matches; 6 357 runs at 44.41; 100s: 19; 50s: 24, HS: 268 2013/14 Sunfoil Series stats: three matches; 157 runs at 52.33 State of readiness: He is first in line and if batting is needed, he will slot in. Hasn’t had a decent chance to prove his worth at the national test level

Stiaan van Zyl (26)
First-class record: 89 matches; 5 443 runs at 44.61; 100s: 13; 50s: 24; HS: 172 2013/14 Sunfoil Series stats: four matches; 456 runs at 91.20 State of readiness: He was last season’s second-highest run scorer and continued in the same vein. Should his form continue, he will displace Elgar from the queue

Kyle Abbott (26)
Test record: One match; nine wickets at 7.55 First-class record: 45 matches; 165 wickets at 21.92; best: 8/45 2013/14 Sunfoil Series stats: Three matches; eight wickets at 13 State of readiness: He is first in line and if batting is needed, he will slot in. Hasn’t had a decent chance to prove his worth at the national test level

First-class record: 103 matches; 3 860 runs at 30.63; 100s: 3; 50s: 20; HS: 140. Bowling: 329 wickets at 25.47; best: 8/38

Test record: One match; 33 runs at no average; HS: 33*. Bowling: One wicket at 43

2013/14 Sunfoil Series stats: One match; three wickets at 42.66

State of readiness: The number seven spot is primed for him should they go for a bowling all-rounder. Proved his worth but is a better bowler, as his first-class record suggests

Knocking hard on the door:

On his tail:

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Reeza Hendricks

Yaseen Vallie

Temba Bavuma

Ayabulela Gqamane

Rory Kleinveldt

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