- Temba Bavuma has put his hand up to fill the no 4 vacancy left by AB de Villiers in the Proteas batting line-up
- Bavuma has played the majority of his innings coming in at no 6
- He said playing at no 4 gave a player the opportunity to score big centuries, which was what he was trying to achieve
Temba Bavuma has put his hand up to fill the massive vacancy left by AB de Villiers in the Proteas batting line-up. Bavuma wants to bat at no 4 in the Test side, a crucial spot in the longest format of the game.
Bavuma has played the majority of his Test matches batting at no 6. He has completed 33 innings in a position, which barring injury worries he has made his own.
The diminutive batsman has completed five Test innings in the no 4 spot and says it is a position which he aims to fill. Bavuma said playing at no 4 gave a player the opportunity to score some major runs and make big hundreds, which was something he was looking to achieve going forward.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Bavuma said he hoped the selectors, coaching staff and captain would look to him to fill the no 4 spot, he did, however, commit himself to executing whichever role the team required of him.
Bavuma’s average of 41.75 playing at no 4 is substantially higher than his overall average of 34.87 and should count in his favour.
Sacricketmag.co.za reported that Bavuma said the added challenge and pressure of coming in at no 4 would help him to focus on his game and could help him to change his record of not converting most of his starts.
Bavuma said he was looking forward to the challenge of playing in Sri Lanka, where spinners are expected to dominate.
Bavuma has never toured Sri Lanka and said he was looking forward to the experience and learning how to cope with different conditions.
The Proteas play their first Test in Sri Lanka in less than a month, the first test starts on 12 July.
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