Bavuma ready for short-ball barrage

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Temba Bavuma is prepared for any short-ball treatment that may come his way during South Africa's tour to Australia.

The Proteas will take on their hosts in three Tests, the first of which begins at Perth's famously bouncy WACA venue on Thursday.

At just five feet, five inches tall, Bavuma is often considered a likely target with the short ball, but he insists he has no fear facing the likes of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

"If they do start using the short ball, I know I have a slight advantage over them because they can't bowl me out that way," he said.

"The majority of my play is on the back foot so back-foot play does become an area of expertise, as opposed to playing on the front foot.

"I don't actually get a lot of short balls. When we played England last year, they never really targeted me with the short ball when I thought they would.

"But whatever comes my way, I will be ready for it."