Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe believes Temba Bavuma will captain the national Test team one day.
Bavuma, 29, is currently not making the starting XI, but Nkwe believes it’s just a matter of time before the Capetonian is back in the squad.
And he believes that Bavuma will be a strong contender to lead the team once Faf du Plessis decides to call it quits.
Nkwe says: “I believe that he is a good player.
“He is in the process of making sure that from an emotional and from a skills point of view that when he gets the next opportunity, he comes in and takes ownership of his position and delivers 10 times more than he has done.
“We are really confident and believe in him.
“All I’m going to ask is let’s be a little more patient, trying to put a few things in place.”
He adds: “Having spoken to him, he’s someone that’s looking forward to the next opportunity. He wants to be in this environment.
“Hopefully in the future he performs well enough and he can lead the team.
“He is a strong leader, he is very smart and able to lead a massive group of people to greater heights.
“I can see him leading the team - but he needs to put in performances.
“He’s got the qualities and I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes over after Faf.”