The team has proved it has a core of great players, despite the loss of Smith and Kallis.
At the moment, the brand is lacking although "Figjam" Dean Elgar might just fit the bill.
It is the turn of bowling coach Allan Donald to enforce some free-thinking and adaptability on his troops.
Why Tahir is so expensive and ineffective in Tests but a wicket-taker in limited-overs cricket.
Tucking into shellfish requires skill and they hold many surprises, not unlike the Sri Lankan team.
Hashim Amla's appointment as SA's Test cricket captain is likely to be ratified next week in a surprise turnaround from his usual reluctance to lead.
The board of Cricket South Africa will only discuss the selection on June 3, but two new players should be on the list having been consistently good.
Cricket South Africa transformation manager Jordaan and high-performance coach Barnes will both sit on the selection debate but will not have a vote.
With no more 'Indian money' to paper over the cracks, cricket's fat is being trimmed and the sport in SA is undergoing a reboot.
With less sensation and more skill, the league is sweeping up the mess made in the boardroom.