Proteas

Bavuma troubles no cause for concern

2017-01-16 12:19
Temba Bavuma (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Temba Bavuma's struggles against Sri Lanka are no cause for concern, says Proteas coach Russell Domingo. 

While the Proteas dominated in all departments to win the series 3-0, Bavuma scored just 21 runs in 5 innings to continue his poor form that dates back to the third Test against Australia in Adelaide. 

Since then, he has scored 50 runs in 7 innings. 

While the Test future of AB de Villiers remains uncertain, Bavuma at the moment seems the likeliest to go should the former Proteas captain make himself available for March's three-Test tour of New Zealand. 

But Domingo was a voice of calm in Johannesburg on Saturday after he had watched his side thrash Sri Lanka by an innings and 118 runs, and he was backing Bavuma to come good again.

"When the team is winning there’s always going to be one batter that’s struggling for form. That’s just the nature of Test batting," the coach said.

"Three Tests ago, he probably won the game with Quinton (De Kock) in Hobart when he got that wonderful 70 and set the game up for us in tough conditions.

"A Test before that, he got a wonderful 50 when we were 60/5. Its the nature of international cricket.

"You can’t have all six or all seven of your batters firing at the same time and when that batter is struggling, its important that the other guys contribute."

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