As you are well aware the selection of players to play for the Proteas is a farce and is influenced by the lunacy of the present selectors and by the quota system. Once in the team it is virtually impossible for players to be dropped irrespective of whether the players are actually producing the goods or fail to do so.
We do not see provincial three day games on TV, but they do show the Momentum Cup One Day Games on DSTV, As you may have noticed there are some players in that series that I am keeping an eye on. The one player I have been really impressed with is a guy by the name of Grant Roelofsen.
Roelofsen stands out because of the following:-
* In the 10 Momentum Cup games last year he made 588 runs for an average of 58,8 runs per innings batted. He was as a result the 50-over Player of the Year in SA,
* In all versions of the game - ie three-day games, one-day games and T20's - his stats are better than those of Elgar and Markram.
* The series for this year just started and in the two games he played in he made 157 runs at a strike rate of over 9 0.
I am not the only one impressed by Roelofsen's performances - look at the following article as well:-
I do not know whether you saw him playing yet - but of all the players I follow in the present series he is the best performer. I was very impressed with what I saw thus far and firmly believe that if he played cricket in Australia he would already have been selected by the national team to play in all versions of the game.
Only in SA he has a skin pigmentation problem - too White for the selectors to consider him. However, I wanted to bring the above to your attention hoping for a response as to the said player. Only in SA the Player of the Year in a competition in which all Protea players participated would such a Player not be in the national squad, If he is not in the T20 squad going to Pakistan it will be a national disgrace
Of the other players I am watching the one all-rounder that impressed me is a guy by the name of Ruan de Swardt, He is an acceptable batsman batting at no 3 for the Dolphins - but I am pleasantly surprised by the fact that he took 5 wickets in the first two games he played in. Would be a nice all-rounder to have around at national level - especially in the shorter versions of the game as back-up for Mulder.