Temba Bavuma Dropped From Second Test Match Against England
South Africa’s middle-order batsman Temba Bavuma has been dropped from the second Test match against England, confirms Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis on Thursday. Faf du Plessis and the team management has decided to back the rookie batsman Rassie Van der Dussen, who had made his Test debut at Centurion. The right-hander had returned with scores of six and 51 in his maiden Test match and had done a fine job in the series opener.
Consequently, Faf du Plessis has decided to give one more opportunity to the young batsman despite Temba Bavuma getting fit for the second Test. On the other hand, Bavuma has struggled to get going as he has failed to score a half-century in the last 12 innings. The experienced batsman has also scored one century since he has made his Test debut back in 2014.
Bavuma hasn’t been amongst the runs.
‘We feel its the right thing to do to stick with Rassie. As a player, you feel like you get a bit confidence when you get an extended run – runs or no runs. Luckily he scored some runs in the first Test,’ said Du Plessis.
‘A big part of international cricket is the mental aspect of belonging. Rassie has got a real composure to him and a presence when he bats. He ticks all the right boxes.’
Faf du Plessis added Temba Bavuma’s performance hasn’t been up to the mark and thus he would have to pave his way back into the side after getting good performances in the domestic circuit. The players like Rassie who have done well in the recent past deserve more chances to showcase their talent.
‘If you’re not finding yourself starting now, it’s about the weight of runs,’ added Du Plessis.
‘Temba was injured before the start of the series but it was a talking point even before the series – whose positions do we need to make sure there is more competition for?
‘It’s about finding guys that are knocking on the door all the time to push us to a level where we can take this batting lineup to win games of cricket consistently. Temba will be the first to say that his performance over the last while wasn’t where it needed to be. Weight of runs would be the way back into the team like it would for anyone.’
South Africa was able to get the much-needed win under their belt as they defeated England by 107 runs in the first Test. du Plessis confirmed that Pieter Malan will replace the injured Aiden Markram. The hosts would like to continue their good form going when they will take on England in the second Test match at Cape Town from January 3.
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