The auxiliary coach, Enoch Nkwe, repeated the Proteas ‘ belief and confidence in the batsman Temba Bavuma’s ability at Test level.
Bavuma was dropped for the second Test against England on Newlands in Cape Town earlier this month. He played in the 4 days inland series for the Lions and for just nine.
The right hand was preserved in the group, but will not necessarily return to the XI for the week’s third Test at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
‘ We are very closely linked to Temba. I strongly believe that he is a good player, and he is in the process of making sure that he – from a spiritual, emotional and skill perspective – has the opportunity to come back, whether it is in the next test, or in another format , he takes ownership of his position and does ten times more than he did, ‘ said Nkwe to ESPNcricinfo.
‘ We are confident and believe in him. The head coach, Mark Boucher, is the same, and the rest of the team. All I’m going to ask is that we are more patient. We try to put a few things in place so that we can shape things in the right direction. ‘
The 29-year-old Bavuma has been earmarked as a potential successor to the test chief Faf du Plessis. Bavuma argued the Lions in franchise cricket. He also led the Jozi Stars in the Mzansi Superleague of 2019.
‘ In my mind, yes. I can see this happen. But he does understand that he has to bring some actions. The future can be over a year, it can be over two years, we don’t know, ‘ said Nkwe.
‘ If he worked with him the past half-year, he did the characteristics; There is no mention of it. I won’t be surprised if he takes over after Faf. This would be great for South African cricket. ‘
The third Test starts on Thursday. The Wanderers in Johannesburg also offer the fourth and last Test for the month.