Temba to make his play in Test

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Bavuma made his Test debut in December against the West Indies, and with 25 runs from two knocks is yet to make his mark for the Proteas.

“If I do get an opportunity, I want to make the best of it,” said the 25-year-old at a spin bowling camp held at the Centre of Excellence in Pretoria a few days ago.

“I got a taste in December, and now it’s about me trying to make my mark in the team. The motivation will always be there, I will always have the drive.”

“My game has grown quite a lot since I got my first chance in December. I’ve learnt a lot in terms of pressure, the technical aspects of a batter and I’m able to incorporate all those things that I’ve learnt in my game. I’m always looking to take my game to the next level.”

In July, Bavuma will have the chance to again don the Proteas cap where South Africa will play two Tests starting on July 21. In the spin-friendly conditions, Bavuma at 1.61m tall would have a unique approach to facing the tweakers.

“With my height factor it allows me to play on the back foot a bit more, letting the ball spin and watching it onto the bat. I don’t have the luxury of having big strides so I try to play the ball off the wicket.”

Bavuma grew up in Langa, in Cape Town and said his background would help as he prepared for Bangladesh.

“I enjoy facing spin, using spin. It kinda takes me back to where I grew up where the guys used to bowl on the road where there are stones and the ball goes everywhere. I enjoy that challenge, it’s never easy. The prospect of going to Bangladesh and facing some of the toughest bowlers in the world is something I look forward to very much.”

Bavuma has had a taste of similar conditions when he played in the Champions League for the Lions in 2013.

“It might pose a challenge that we’re playing overseas. Making my debut here I had the luxury of being home. But I’ve gone on many tours so I’m used to the whole thing of playing away and adapting to conditions.”

Naturally a top-order batsman, Bavuma would have to be content batting further down the order with Faf du Plessis at three, captain Hashim Amla at four, and AB de Villiers at five.

“Preferably I’d like to bat number four. But with the current South African side, that’s not an option. Growing up I’ve batted pretty much everywhere, so the understanding is there of all the different positions.”

Temba Bavuma will be hoping to use the Proteas Test in Bangladesh to cement his spot in the team.

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