Temba Bavuma doesn’t want to miss T20 World Cup games because of over-rates

Temba Bavuma

The Proteas haven’t always been the best at time management while in the field, but skipper Temba Bavuma is determined to whip them into shape for the T20 World Cup.

With three frontline spinners in the squad and Aiden Markram also likely to turn his arm over Bavuma will have no excuse for running afoul of match referees over time.

Number one T20I bowler Tabraiz Shamsi is joined in the Proteas T20 World Cup squad by left-arm orthodox bowlers Bjorn Fortuin and Keshav Maharaj

Rashid Khan picks his top five T20 players of all time

Temba Bavuma wants Proteas to get overs in

“You definitely don’t want to be missing games because of over-rate. It is definitely something that we have highlighted and something that we have to be aware of,”  Temba Bavuma said from the UAE on Thursday.

“We have to make sure we get through quickly between the overs. What may help us is if we play three spinners, we can get through their overs quite quickly and make up time for the death-hitting period.

“It is definitely something we have spoken about. It is something that we have been guilty of in the past and it is something we need to keep in check.”

Bavuma missed the Proteas T20I series win in Sri Lanka in September with a hand injury but is confident of being fit to play in South Africa’s opening game of the World Cup against Australia.

Skipper ready to get back into the nets

The Proteas skipper will take to the nets for the first time on Friday 15 October.

“I had a good batting session. My hand is definitely improving by the day. It’s getting stronger and I am getting a lot more comfortable with it. Tomorrow (Friday) will be my first time where I’ll be having a live net facing bowlers,” Bavuma said.

“I am looking forward to that and that will of course give me a better indication of how far I have progressed. At the moment everything is still on track. I am looking to play in the warm-up games. I am feeling good.”

South Africa will take on Afghanistan in a T20 World Cup warm-up match in Abu Dhabi on Monday 18 October.