Full name Temba Bavuma
Born May 17, 1990, Cape Town, Cape Province
Current age 26 years 280 days
Major teams South Africa, Gauteng, Gauteng Under-19s, Lions, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s
Playing role Middle-order batsman
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 Sri Lanka at Johannesburg, Jan 12-14, 2017 scorecard|
|Only ODI||South Africa v Ireland at Benoni, Sep 25, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Eastern Province v Gauteng at Port Elizabeth, Oct 2-4, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Lions v Knights at Johannesburg, Feb 9-11, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Eastern Province v Gauteng at Port Elizabeth, Oct 5, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Lions v Warriors at Johannesburg, Feb 19, 2017 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Griqualand West v Gauteng at Kimberley, Oct 2, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warriors v Lions at Port Elizabeth, Dec 13, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|30||Lions||v Warriors||Johannesburg||19 Feb 2017||LA|
|0/36, 0, 4||Lions||v Knights||Johannesburg||9 Feb 2017||FC|
|35, 2/37, 52*, 0/17||Lions||v Warriors||East London||2 Feb 2017||FC|
|0||South Africa||v Sri Lanka||Johannesburg||12 Jan 2017||Test # 2247|
|10, 0||South Africa||v Sri Lanka||Cape Town||2 Jan 2017||Test # 2244|
|3, 8||South Africa||v Sri Lanka||Port Elizabeth||26 Dec 2016||Test # 2243|
|10||Lions||v Warriors||Port Elizabeth||13 Dec 2016||T20|
|15||Lions||v Cape Cobras||Paarl||11 Dec 2016||T20|
|20||Lions||v Knights||Potchefstroom||9 Dec 2016||T20|
|33||Lions||v Titans||Centurion||7 Dec 2016||T20|
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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