Last updated on February 20th, 2023 at 08:54 am
Temba Bavuma, a right-handed batter and the first black African cricketer, has been named as the captain of South Africa’s Test squad by Cricket South Africa (CSA).
CSA described him as “part of a restructure within the leadership group of the national team.” Bavuma made history by becoming the first black African to captain South Africa. He will also relinquish his role in the T20 side at cricket. Enoch Nkwe, CSA’s director of cricket, announced the good news.
Nkwe said, “Temba is a player that has vast captaincy experience both at the domestic level and on the international stage.” He went on to praise Bavuma for his talent. Nkwe further said, “We trust Temba will deliver on all our expectations and help carry the team forward.”
Earlier, he was named leader of the one-day international (ODI) and Twenty20 international teams in March 2021. He became popular in other African countries.
He would lead the South African side in the two-match Test series against West Indies, starting on February 28. For Test cricket, he will team up with coach Shukri Conrad.
The new South African coaches Shukri Conrad for Test cricket and Rob Walter for limited overs will play a key role in selection. In January, CSA hired Rob Walter to appoint him as a coach for the upcoming fixtures.
Temba Bavuma replaced Dean Elgar, who was named Test captain in mid-2021. Nkwe said, “I would like to sincerely thank Dean for all his commitment to the role over the past two years.” Nkwe said that Dean helped to put South Africa in a good position on the ICC (International Cricket Council) World Test Championship table.
South Africa squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Gerald Coetzee, Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Simon Harmer, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen (wicketkeeper), Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Senuran Muthusamy, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton.