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Jacques Kallis' departure from the Test scene left South Africa with huge cricket boots to fill.
Yes, it was just one man, but as a key batsman and valuable bowler, the whole balance of the team needed to be reconsidered.
The first Test lineup looked wrong—Ryan McLaren is an admirable player but his Test credentials are uncertain, either as batsman or bowler.
In Port Elizabeth Dean Elgar opened the batting in Alviro Petersen's place and provided some balance with his off-spin.
JP Duminy dropped to No. 7 to deepen the batting, he too offering something with the ball, while the inclusion of Wayne Parnell proved the value of playing an out-and-out bowler, the left-armer making an instant impression.
Duminy will almost certainly not be a long-term solution to South Africa's spin woes, however, he could provide a useful stop-gap until a better option comes along, allowing South Africa to pack their attack with fast bowlers.
Quinton de Kock's Test debut did not go brilliantly, however, he is a young talent and should definitely be given an extended run in the side.
But gaps are beginning to be filled. Flesh is being put on the skeleton.