Temba Bavuma Boucher

Temba Bavuma. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Proteas troubles: Bavuma laments lack of Test cricket

Proteas batsman and leader Temba Bavuma has admitted that a lack of Test cricket has proven costly at the start of the series against India.

Temba Bavuma Boucher

Temba Bavuma. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

India have largely dominated the opening two (completed) days of Test action in the first clash against the Proteas, with the visitors posting 327 in their first innings before bowling South Africa out for a lowly 197, which saw Bavuma top score with 52.


With a lead of 146 runs, India will be looking to put themselves in an unassailable position before trying to seize a 1-0 advantage in the three-Test series.

This is the first Test for the Proteas since playing against the West Indies in June, and it has again served as a reminder of the discrepancy that seems to favour the “big three” teams of India, Australia and England when it comes to regular Test action.

“I don’t want to be accused of making excuses for my teammates, but the lack of match readiness does have an impact,” Bavuma said.

“As much as we had India at 272/3, I don’t believe it was the standard that we can play at, and one of the factors is the lack of match intensity

“We can have as many nets as we can, but nothing simulates going out on the field.”

Notably, England have in fact played more Tests this year than South Africa have done in the past three.

“In terms of the fixtures, there’s not much that we can do as players,” Bavuma said.

“I saw a stat that said we’d played 13 Tests in three years while England has played two more than that this year alone.

“The match disparity is there, but it’s not an excuse. We have to find a way to be up for it and be up against the challenge.”

Bavuma reiterated that the Proteas would keep fighting in the first Test

“As a team, we’re not in a great position right now, but we’re not going to give up,” Bavuma said.

“The first session on Wednesday now becomes very important because if we start well and quick wickets, we can put them under pressure.

“I’m not going to say we’re out of the game as yet. We still have a chance and there’s a myriad possibility in the game.”