Vilas is a hard-hitting middle-order batsman who averages 41 in first-class cricket, including 10 centuries.
As a wicketkeeper-batsman, he has always been “there and thereabouts,” said Adams.
The 30-year old wicketkeeper of the Cobra, averaged 38.28 in the 2014/2015-season, including a century and three half-centuries, in the Sunfoil Series.
Adams said he was very impressed with Vilas’ work-ethic since his move to the Cape Cobras.
“This is the pinnacle of any cricketer’s career. He has played for South Africa in a T20-International, but it doesn’t get better than this,” said Adams, who played in 34 tests for the Proteas as a wrist spinner.
Vilas is set to make his test debut in the place of the out-of-form Quinton de Kock.
De Kock only averaged 20.71 during the Cricket World Cup and struggled with the bat on the tour of Bangladesh.
He was dismissed for a duck in the first test in Chittagong as the 19-year old left-arm swing bowler Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets in the space of four balls and rocked the middle-order.
Vilas will join Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie as cricketers from King Edward V11 school who were selected for the SA test team.