"Stiaan van Zyl, the Cobras’ classy left-hander, could be the batsman that fills Smith’s large boots. The uncapped Van Zyl is unlikely to be the direct replacement in the opener’s role, as Dean Elgar showed good promise when he partnered Smith in the skipper’s last series against Australia.
But Van Zyl, 26, has been the form batsman in South African domestic cricket for a number of seasons. He topped the Sunfoil Series run-scoring charts with 933 runs at 58.31. Although Cobras captain Justin Ontong averaged 71.30 and scored just six runs less (927) than Van Zyl, it would be no surprise if the selectors decided to take Van Zyl to Sri Lanka.
“Stiaan has been part of a group of promising...Read More