The Proteas will have to flip the coin when deciding on a replacement for suspended speedster Kagiso Rabada ahead of the second Test against England.
With the match starting at Trent Bridge on Friday, coach Russell Domingo’s charges were boosted by the fitness of pace ace Vernon Philander, who suffered a hand injury in the Lord’s opener which South Africa lost by 211 runs.
The selectors and returning captain Faf du Plessis still have a headache though.
Do they go with a like-for-like replacement in fast bowler Duanne Olivier, which will lengthen their tail, or do they strengthen their batting line-up with the inclusion of an allrounder – Andile Phehlukwayo or Chris Morris?.
A late call is expected by the Proteas as skipper Du Plessis said earlier in the week that they will assess the conditions first before making a decision.
It was the Proteas’ batsmen, though, that failed in the first Test and with Faf back in the team, it is likely that JP Duminy will be the one sacrificed for as they look to draw level in Nottingham.
Of Koppe possibly losing his spot in the team, Du Plessis says: “He [Duminy] will be the first guy to know that he needs to score runs for the team.
“He is desperate to do well.
“But he knows that at the end of the day, it’s about runs and he understands that if it comes to a position where someone else needs to be looked at, he’ll be the first to acknowledge that.
“He is a crucial part of our senior player group and he’ll put the team interests above himself.”
With that in mind, Morris, who has only played in two Tests to date, is the more likely option for the Proteas in this Test and already boasting a batting average of 33 and high score of 69, he is the more versatile option available to the team.