Temba Bavuma doesn’t want to miss T20 World Cup games because of over-rates
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
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.
Moeen Ali fears 50-over cricket could be lost due to ‘unsustainable’ schedule
The World Cup winner is worried people are starting to view the 50-over format as ‘the long, boring one’.
Alex Hales leads Trent Rockets to opening Hundred win
The former England opener hit 58 off 41 balls against Birmingham Phoenix.
Richard Thompson named as new ECB chair and pledges to restore trust in cricket
The 55-year-old will leave is role at Surrey.
Jos Buttler shines but Manchester Originals lose to Northern Superchargers
The England white-ball captain top-scored but the hosts were beaten at Emirates Old Trafford.
Harry Brooks and Will Jacks in England Lions squad to face South Africa
The tour match will give an opportunity for players to push for a first Test cap.
Nathan Ellis and Jordan Thompson help London Spirit claim thrilling derby win
Australian fast bowler Ellis (three for 28) and Thompson (two for 31) reduced the home side to 12 for four.
Jofra Archer extends Sussex contract for another year
The 27-year-old World Cup winner has been sidelined for more than a year by injury.
Northern Superchargers put their faith in experience for Hundred campaign
The Headingley-based men’s side could have eight players aged 34 and over in their first-choice XI.
Liam Livingstone looking forward to entertaining fans in the Hundred again
The England all-rounder finished the 2021 men’s Hundred with the most runs and the highest individual score.
On this day in 2008: Kevin Pietersen named England Test and one-day captain
The South Africa-born batter made a bright start but lasted just five months in the roles.