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Full name Temba Bavuma
Born May 17, 1990, Cape Town, Cape Province
Current age 24 years 318 days
Major teams South Africa, Gauteng, Gauteng Under-19s, Lions, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||South Africa v West Indies at Port Elizabeth, Dec 26-30, 2014 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v West Indies at Cape Town, Jan 2-6, 2015 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Eastern Province v Gauteng at Port Elizabeth, Oct 2-4, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Lions v Warriors at Johannesburg, Mar 26-29, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Eastern Province v Gauteng at Port Elizabeth, Oct 5, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Warriors v Lions at East London, Feb 8, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Griqualand West v Gauteng at Kimberley, Oct 2, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Lions v Knights at Johannesburg, Dec 7, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|10||Lions||v Warriors||Johannesburg||26 Mar 2015||FC|
|153, 60*||Lions||v Dolphins||Durban||19 Mar 2015||FC|
|57||Lions||v Knights||Bloemfontein||12 Mar 2015||FC|
|109*, 25*||Lions||v Warriors||East London||26 Feb 2015||FC|
|51||Lions||v Dolphins||Johannesburg||19 Feb 2015||FC|
|7*||Lions||v Warriors||East London||8 Feb 2015||LA|
|2||Lions||v Titans||Benoni||1 Feb 2015||LA|
|3||Lions||v Knights||Johannesburg||30 Jan 2015||LA|
|15||Lions||v Cape Cobras||Johannesburg||24 Jan 2015||LA|
|102, 0/5||Sth Africa A||v Eng Lions||Bloemfontein||18 Jan 2015||FC|
From the same street in Langa, a township outside Cape Town, where Thami Tsolekile and Malusi Siboto were raised, came Temba Bavuma. Unlike the wicketkeeper-batsman and medium-pacer, Bavuma is a specialist batsman and the first black African batsman picked in South Africa's Test squad.
Without the advantage of height or power, Bavuma's game is built on finesse and patience and has been since he moved up country for secondary school at St David's Marist College in northern Johannesburg. Bavuma combined playing for his school with a commitment to Soweto Cricket Club, where he was mentored by Geoffrey Toyana from a young age.
At 18, he made his first-class debut for Gauteng and three seasons later was playing in the franchise team, Lions. His sound technique, particularly off the back foot, helped him average over 45 in his second summer and he also demonstrated a temperament beyond his years. Bavuma established himself as part of the Lions leadership group, and was named their vice-captain in 2013-14.
Bavuma played for South Africa A after finishing as the fifth-highest run-scorer in the 2012-13 season and followed that up by ending sixth in 2013-14. He was called up to the Test squad to play West Indies at the end of 2014.
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