Cape Town - Former England captain Nasser Hussain has described South African cricket as 'in turmoil' ahead of the four-match Test series.
South Africa finished seventh in the Cricket World Cup and were recently whitewashed 3-0 by India in a Test series.
Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa and CEO Thabang Moroe have come under heavy criticism for revoking the media accreditation of five journalists.
The uncertainty extends right to the top with a new director of cricket as of yet not having been named and Hussain believes the 'vulnerable' Proteas are ripe for the picking.
"It is always tight in South Africa. They are a proud sporting nation. But they are in a state of turmoil," Hussain said on the Sky Sports Cricket podcast.
"Off the field they are in turmoil as well. They are vulnerable. England have got an opportunity (to win the series)."
South Africa have lost several high-profile players to English county cricket and Kolpak contracts with Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw, Duanne Olivier and Simon Harmer all making themselves ineligible for international selection, something that Hussain believes has seriously harmed South African cricket.
"You could pick a Kolpak side that would probably be better than the South African Test team right now," added Hussain.
The Proteas' welcome England to South African shores this summer in a four-Test series, starting on December 26 at Centurion.
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