Injury blow for South Africa ahead of the first Test.
Proteas batsman Temba Bavuma believes the first 15-20 overs will set the tone for their run chase on Friday as they look to go 1-0 up in the three-match Test series against Pakistan in Centurion.
Proteas batsman Temba Bavuma has signed a three-month deal with English county side Northamptonshire for the 2019 season.
Temba Bavuma says he will put his hand up to fill the vacant number four position in the Proteas Test batting line-up now that AB de Villiers has retired from international cricket.
The decision by Temba Bavuma to return to the Highveld Lions after a only one season in Cape Town, enjoys the backing and unequivocal support of the Cape Cobras, said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Cape side.
AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock are on track to be fit for the Proteas' first Test against Australia, starting on 1 March, while captain Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma are doubtful for the start of the series.
The Proteas continued to get maximum value out of the three-day tour match between Zimbabwe and the SA Invitation XI at Boland Park on Thursday when Temba Bavuma followed Dale Steyn's good bowling workout on the first day with his own perfect warm-up innings for next week's Test match.