The national selectors picked Van Zyl and Reeza Hendricks in the test squad for the tour of Bangladesh in July. The non-selection of AB de Villiers, who will be on paternity leave, might force the hand of the selectors to move Van Zyl to the middle-order.
“I will play wherever they pick me. It would be great just to feature in another test.
“I’ve got my mind around the opening spot and would like to open for South Africa. I know in the longer term that might be the only place available in the team.
“There is no major difference between opening and batting at number three. The only (challenge) is that you cannot put your feet up after being in the field. You have to bat straight away.”
Van Zyl says opening the innings on the subcontinent would be the ideal place to bat. It is possibly a challenging assignment to bat in the middle-order, as number five, six and seven could be on trail against spin for the majority of their overs in conditions conducive to slow bowling.
The stylish left-hander said he is definitely adopting a more aggressive and dynamic approach against spin at international level.
Traditionally, he played from the crease and waited for the bad ball before dispatching that to the boundary. But that so-called bad ball doesn’t arrive often at international level.
Therefore he has considered a more adventurous approach which meant to leave the safety of the crease and get to the pitch of the ball to force the bowler to reconsider his line and length.
Van Zyl, who is averaging a superb 45.54 at first-class level, added he will discuss his tactical approach to spin bowling with Robin Peterson, the left-arm South African spinner and colleague at the Cape Cobras.
He also wants to take a leaf from the book of Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla, who have enjoyed considerable success against spin, and learn from their approach against the slow men, added Van Zyl.