JOHANNESBURG - Prior to the One-Day series in Sri Lanka, we previewed six players who would be under the microscope over the five matches. With the series now done, Stuart Hess assesses how those players fared.
It’s impossible to judge Klaasen on just two matches in which he faced 21 balls. He deserved more of an opportunity, and will hope that arrives against Zimbabwe next month with Faf du Plessis likely to sit out. That middle order does still look thin and it remains worth the selectors’ while to provide Klaasen with more chances - his performances against India last summer making him a deserving candidate. They would not have learned much more about him in this series.
An unpolished diamond, the 20-year-old looks like being a fixture in Proteas’ teams in the future. But does that future include the 2019 World Cup? On the basis of this series, the tournament may be too soon for Mulder. His bowling is too inconsistent, he neither contains nor attacks, and in the latter category he is let down by not being quick enough. Pace will come. His batting looks solid, but he needs to do a better job of finding the boundary - again, that will come with experience. There are more seasoned options in the position he’s pushing for and they probably merit consideration at this stage.