Cape Town - Temba Bavuma says he is putting is hand up as a potential replacement for AB de Villiers at No 4 in South Africa's Test line-up.
The Proteas play Sri Lanka in two Test matches next month and they will travel to the sub-continent country without De Villiers, who has retired from all international formats.
It means that the Proteas must find somebody to fill the all-important No 4 slot, and Bavuma says he is ready if called upon.
"I will be opportunistic because there is a spot open for someone to come in at No. 4 and I am putting up my hand for that position," Bavuma was quoted as saying on Cricinfo.
"Hopefully the selectors are looking towards me. But, if not, wherever they want me to play I will try to execute as best as possible."
Bavuma has batted at No 4 in three Test matches and five innings, averaging 41.75 in the position.