Hamstring strain rules Temba Bavuma out of Cape Town Test

Due to a hamstring strain sustained on the first day of the Boxing Day Test, Temba Bavuma has been ruled out of the Cape Town Test against India. As a result, Dean Elgar, who recently played a match-winning knock in Centurion, will take up the captaincy role.

As per South Africa’s coach, Shukri Conrad, Bavuma is currently not in great physical condition. He was ready to bat whenever necessary and was closely monitored during the first Test.

“Temba is not in a great physical state. He was ready to bat at every turn. We kept monitoring it. You put something out there, I don’t know if the opposition will pick up on it,” Shukri Conrad was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Conrad explained the decision to rule out Bavuma, “Certain things are tactical. We felt the potential risk… there is a potential risk he could aggravate. He will have it assessed in two weeks. He is definitely out for Cape Town. Zubayr Hamza will join the squad.”

Coming to the first Test, South Africa asserted dominance, convincingly defeating India within three days by an innings and 32 runs to secure a 1-0 lead in the series. Standout performances from Elgar, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, and Nandre Burger played a pivotal role, showcasing excellence with both bat and ball for the Proteas.

You need fast bowlers and a spinner potentially to take 20 wickets, that’s how we win Test matches: Dean Elgar

“Sometimes what we want to do hasn’t worked out as plans, but happy that it worked today. I think you need to keep things nice and simple, the game is already pretty complex. You need fast bowlers and a spinner potentially to take 20 wickets, that’s how we win Test matches. KG was brilliant, but then Nandre showed why he has been such a shining light for South African cricket. We were pretty clinical, our fielding wasn’t the best and we didn’t make it too easy for ourselves at times,” Elgar said.