Temba Bavuma Named South Africa Test Captain: A New Era In South African Cricket Begins

Temba Bavuma, the phenomenal batsman from the South African squad, was selected as the captain of the test cricket team in February 2023 for two matches vs. West Indies. It’s an outcome of the underwhelming performance of the team over the last few test matches.

Bavuma’s Captaincy at a Glance

Temba Bavuma has been playing his role as the captain of South Africa’s limited-over matches since 2021. His incredible performance as well as leadership quality brought him this grand opportunity in a disturbed state when the captaincy was refused by the legendary Quinton de Kock.

Since 2021, the South African cricket team has achieved prolific improvement in limited-over matches. Under Temba Bavuma’s captaincy, the team performed well at the ICC Men’s T-20 World Cup in seasons 2021 and 2022. This new achievement is one more feather in his cap.

However, the cricketer has relinquished his position as the captain of the T-20 team of South Africa. In the test format, he has replaced the former captain Dean Elgar, according to reports. Dean Elgar is playing in the test team, which has undergone several replacements.

The Reformation of the Test Team

Under the advisory of Enoch Nkwe, the director of the South African team, the convenor of selectors has included the test coach Shukri Conrad replacing Victor Mpitsang. Three uncapped players Senuran Muthusamy (left-arm spinner), Gerald Coetzee (fast bowler) and Tony de Zorzi (batsman) have also joined the test squad.

Other highlights of the test team are the batsman Keegan Petersen, who has returned from his hamstring injury. Ryan Rickelton and Aiden Markram are also called in to play these two matches. The wicketkeeping of Heinrich Klaasen is another attraction of this new team.

Born in 1990, Temba Bavuma’s age at present is 33. This shows the cricketer’s extensive experience as well as maturity in the game. According to the board members, Bavuma’s captaincy will embark on a new era of South Africa’s test match performance.

The Coach’s Opinion

Shukri Conrad, the test coach opined in a press release that the West Indies test team is in its best form as they have just defeated Zimbabwe in a series. To combat this strong team, the South African board has selected the finest players with the best potential.

Ruled Out Players

Players who have been dropped from the matches are batsmen Rassie van der Dussen and Sarel Erwee. Theunis de Bruyn has announced his international cricket retirement in February and hence, he is no longer playing these matches.

The Test Tour

The February test tour of South Africa included two test matches as well as three ODIs and T-20s. The first match will be held on 28th February in Pretoria, South Africa. Temba Bavuma, the new test captain will also lead the ODI team but in T-20, his replacement will be announced after the test matches. Rob Walter will be the coach of the white ball matches.

Temba Bavuma is leading the South African national cricket team in ODI and test matches in 2023. He has retired from the T-20 matches as the captain and now, his focus is long formats. Bavuma has led the national team at the ICC Men’s T-20 World Cup in seasons 2021 and 2022. He will be leading the ODI team at the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 in India.

Is Bavuma an all-rounder?
Temba Bavuma is a batting specialist. He is also a medium-pace bowler and fielder but is mostly known for his batting skills.
Who was the former test captain of South Africa?
Dean Elgar is the former test captain of South Africa, who is replaced by Bavuma.
When did Bavuma make his ICC debut?
Temba Bavuma’s test ICC debut was made in 2014 against West Indies. He made his ODI and T-20 debut in 2016 against Ireland and 2019 against India.
What is the net worth of Temba Bavuma?
Temba Bavuma’s net worth is $5 million, as per reports.