The Proteas need to be a complete team to win their do-or-die tri-nations ODI clash against the West Indies today (7pm).
South Africa have won just one of their three games in the Caribbean and trail the second-placed hosts by three points.
If the Windies, who beat the Aussies by four wickets, beat AB de Villiers’ inconsistent team, they will be seven points behind with two more games to play. Opening batsman Hashim Amla believes that the top six should win the game.
He says: “It’s the responsibility of the batsmen.
“That’s what we enjoy doing and that’s what we would like to do.
“We didn’t manage to do it in this game and I guess that does happen occasionally where you are not going to get it right, but we want to get it right as often as we can.”
If they don’t get it right, and they haven’t for a while, it’s up to the likes of JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris and Wayne Parnell.
All four of these manne have the ability to add balance to the team with the bat and the ball.
And the selectors should look to them to make a difference.
Duminy and Behardien both make up part of the top six of the batting order.
The duo also have the ability to take the pace off the ball.
And both have the experience to play the part-timer role if things go sour.
Morris’ return to full fitness should be a huge boost to the Proteas as he brings good batting form with him and can get his eye in quickly.
Parnell, with his left-arm pace option, should be a mainstay if his form is consistent.
He is also no frans with the bat.
These allround options should give more balance to the team, with specialists at the top of the order – Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers – and two spinners and Kagiso Rabada in the tail.