The sudden decision by Quinton de Kock to retire from Test cricket at the age of 29 has opened up the wicketkeeper position in the longest format for SA and there is no shortage of strong candidates.
The selectors will be looking to replace like-for-like with De Kock, which means a keeper who can occupy a position in the top-six batting order, which in turn allows the team to play a bowling all-rounder.
Kyle Verreynne and Ryan Rickelton are already in the Proteas squad that is taking on India in their three-match series and will be the immediate contenders, but what are the long-term options for the side?
TimesLIVE picks five players who could fill the role:
First class batting average: 51.95
Highest score: 216 not out
Verreynne has already played two Tests for SA when De Kock was not available for the West Indies series in June.
He did not cover himself in glory with the bat, scoring 39 runs in three innings, but his first class performances have been superb and he is reliable with the gloves.
He has been in and around the squad for some time across multiple formats, including for this series with India, which would suggest he is the next in line. He also averages 40.42 in nine One-Day Internationals for the Proteas.
First class batting average: 36.00
Highest score: 124 not out
Perhaps seen more as a future option in white ball cricket, Qeshile played two Twenty20 Internationals against Sri Lanka in 2019.
But he was the keeper for SA ‘A’ in the recent series against India ‘A’, so he is certainly in the thoughts of the selectors in first class cricket.
He got a fine 82 not out in the first game and was tidy behind the stumps but has perhaps not had the best season with the bat overall.