Bavuma, Elgar to captain of South Africcricket teams

Temba Bavuma made history on Thursday after being named the first black African captain of a South African cricket team, appointed skipper of the limited team while Dean Elgar will lead the test team.

Bavuma, 30, will captain the one-day and Twenty20 international teams until the 2023 Cricket World Cup, while Elgar, 33, will lead the Test team in the next round of the Test World Championship. Bavuma has also been named vice- captain of the test team.

The couple took over from wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, who led South Africa in all formats during the 2020/21 season.

De Kock was named long-term captain in white ball cricket in January 2020 and led South Africa in Test cricket during the current season on what has been described as a temporary base.

But De Kock struggled in the Test leadership role and was granted a “mental health break” last month after a Test tour in Pakistan.

Bavuma was quoted in a Cricket South Africa statement as saying, “Captain the Proteas has been a dream of mine for many years, as those closest to me would know.

“This is one of the greatest honors of my life so far and I can’t wait to pick up where Quinny (de Kock) left off in driving …

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