Cricket365 – 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.

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  • 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 28-year-old Bavuma batted at number four in one of the four games in the Test series in England in 2016, scoring 46 and 12, and is keen to do the job again.
  • ALSO READ: Steyn returns to Proteas Test squad for Sri Lanka seriesBavuma said at the Proteas camp in Pretoria: “I will be opportunistic because there is a spot open for someone to come in at number four and I am putting up my hand for that position.
  • Looking ahead to the two Tests in Sri Lanka, starting in Galle on 12 July, Bavuma knows the Proteas batsmen will need to adapt their games to face plenty of spin bowling.
  • Bavuma has never played in Sri Lanka but did has a taste of sub-continent conditions when he played a Test in India, as an opener, in 2015.


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