Temba Bavuma joins Northamptonshire for 2019 Championship campaign

Temba Bavuma punches through the covers AFP

Temba Bavuma, the South Africa batsman, has been signed by Northamptonshire on a three-month contract for the 2019 season.

Bavuma, 28, made headlines in January 2016 when he became the first black African cricketer to score a Test century for South Africa - hitting an unbeaten 102 against England at Newlands in Cape Town, his native city.

In the course of 31 Test appearances for South Africa, Bavuma has scored 1,488 runs at 33.81, and has also represented his country in the ODI format. In all first-class cricket he's made nearly 7,000 runs with a dozen hundreds. He was appointed captain of the Highveld Lions franchise for the current season.

He will join Northamptonshire between May and July 2019, boosting the County's batting line-up for eight Specsavers County Championship matches.

"Signing a player of Temba's international stature underlines our ambitions as a club," said Northamptonshire's chief executive Ray Payne.

"We are keen to return to the Championship's top division and hopefully his runs will help us achieve that. His Test experience will bring an added dimension to the team and we're all looking forward to welcoming a cricketer who is admired and respected around the cricketing world."