Bavuma set for Proteas' middle order


Temba Bavuma is unlikely to open for South Africa in their upcoming Test series against England due to concerns about the 25-year-old's height.

At 5 ft 3 in Bavuma is considered too small to open on home soil by Proteas coach Russell Domingo, especially against the pace and height of England's bowling attack.

Bavuma was given his chance alongside Dean Elgar in the fourth and final Test against India in December, scoring 56 runs across the two innings.

That was not enough for him to retain his place on home soil, Domingo opting to hand the opening berth back to Stiaan van Zyl, despite scoring the same number of runs as Bavuma over five innings on the subcontinent.

"We are very happy with Temba's progress, he is very mature young cricketer," said Domingo. "He is only 25 but he goes about his business like he has been playing for a long time. And he is very good technically. 

"He will slot back into the middle order for this Test match because that is where he is most suited. These conditions with the extra bounce with his stature might be a little tricky for him.

"He cut his teeth at domestic level and at the A side in the middle order so if he wants to open, we will have to play him in that positions at those levels like we did with Stiaan van Zyl.

"We got him to open the batting for half a season in franchise cricket and he opened the batting for South Africa A in India so it's only fair to the player to see what he can do."

The first Test between South Africa and England starts in Durban on Saturday.