The 27-year old left-hander left his indelible mark on South African cricket history by scoring an unbeaten 101 in his Test debut off only 130 deliveries against the West Indies at SuperSport Park in Centurion in December 2014.
Van Zyl has vowed to retain the simple formula that has seen him score 6695 first-class runs in 106 matches at an average of 45.54 if he is selected to replace the now-retired Alviro Petersen as South African opener.
He said he will not waver from the path that made him such a revelation for the Cobras at number three.
During the first phase of his innings, he will occupy the crease, settle and grind his way to 30. When he has adjusted to the pitch, the attack and the conditions, he will patiently build in order to score 150 or 200 to set up the innings.
Van Zyl has mastered this technique well, and in the 2013/2014-season, blasted 933 Sunfoil Series runs for the Nashua Cape Cobras in their Sunfoil Series competition.
Asked about his plans in the off-season, the young international batsman says he will take a ten-day break to go to Dubai, and upon his return, will work hard on his fitness training.
He has been in contact with Greg King, the South African conditioning coach, in India to ensure that his own conditioning is in line with the international requirements during the next six to eight weeks.
Although Van Zyl is still hesitant to talk about the tour of Bangladesh as no South African tour squad has been announced yet, it is an open secret that he and Dean Elgar will open the innings for the test team when animosities against the Asian team commences in July.