Full name Temba Bavuma
Born May 17, 1990, Cape Town, Cape Province
Current age 28 years 158 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||Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (SSC), Jul 20-23, 2018 scorecard|
|ODI debut||South Africa v Ireland at Benoni, Sep 25, 2016 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v Bangladesh at East London, Oct 22, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Eastern Province v Gauteng at Port Elizabeth, Oct 2-4, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warriors v Lions at Port Elizabeth, Oct 1-4, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Eastern Province v Gauteng at Port Elizabeth, Oct 5, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Cape Cobras v Knights at Cape Town, Jan 17, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Griqualand West v Gauteng at Kimberley, Oct 2, 2011 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Gauteng v Border at East London, Sep 24, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|35||Lions||v Warriors||Port Elizabeth||1 Oct 2018||FC|
|27||Gauteng||v Border||East London||24 Sep 2018||T20|
|79*||Gauteng||v North West||East London||23 Sep 2018||T20|
|8||Gauteng||v Free State||Oudtshoorn||15 Sep 2018||T20|
|13||Gauteng||v S West D||Oudtshoorn||14 Sep 2018||T20|
|33*||Gauteng||v Zim Select||Oudtshoorn||14 Sep 2018||T20|
|11, 63||South Africa||v Sri Lanka||Colombo (SSC)||20 Jul 2018||Test # 2313|
|17, 2||South Africa||v Sri Lanka||Galle||12 Jul 2018||Test # 2311|
|58||Sth Africans||v SL Board XI||Colombo (PSS)||7 Jul 2018||Other|
|95*, 35*||South Africa||v Australia||Johannesburg||30 Mar 2018||Test # 2302|
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.