South Africa head coach Russell Domingo has given his Test team a positive half-term assessment following series wins in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
The Proteas have three more Tests to play this season and Domingo says that he is satisfied with the squad.
"Number one is how good a leader Hashim (Amla) is going to be for the Test side going forward," Domingo said.
"It’s important that we try and fill the gaps that Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis have left in our side; it’s still going to be tough to do that but we have made some progress in finding some options in our batting order that we think can work.
"It was the first time that Faf (Du Plessis) batted at three in a Test match for us and I thought that he came through quite well with 90 and 80 in two of the three Test matches," he added.
"Quinton de Kock slotted in behind the stumps and showed some good signs with the bat.
"There are some good positive steps made considering the loss of two icon players."
He continued to laud the start Amla has made as captain in challenging conditions away from home.
"I've been impressed with how well he has taken to it,"
"To come into a position after an iconic leader like Graeme Smith has been in charge can be daunting and intimidating.
"He has taken it really well; the players have responded well to him as well.
"He is always going to have that calm demeanour but the hunger and desire he has to get South Africa to the top of world cricket has been evident over the last few weeks and I’m pleased by the way he has gone about his business."
South Africa play the West Indies in a three-Test series in December and January which concludes their home season.
Before and after that they focus on One-Day International cricket as they build up to the 2015 World Cup.
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