England sledging spurred me on - Bavuma


Temba Bavuma claims that sledging from England's fielders spurred him on to his historic maiden Test century for South Africa on day four of the second Test.

Bavuma became the first black African to make a Test hundred for the Proteas, the diminutive batsman scoring 102 not out as the hosts declared on 627-7 in reply to England's 629-6 declared at Newlands.

The 25-year-old was unconvincing in the early stages of his knock as an inside edge off a Ben Stokes delivery just missed the stumps, prompting the England all-rounder to issue an apparent foul-mouthed tirade.

However, Bavuma had the last laugh and insists that any insults aimed his way were all in good nature.

"It was word of encouragement if I can put it politely," he told Supersport. 

"The guys were coming hard, but it was all in the spirit of the game, it assisted me in knuckling down. It was almost like school cricket when guys used to come at me because I was short."

The Cape Town native also revelled in the emotion of scoring his first Test hundred at Newlands.

"I can't tell you exactly what was going through my mind, but there was a lot of emotion, a lot of relief, and it's a day I will cherish," he added.

"In the infancy of your career there is always a bit more pressure so I want to make use of the chances I have been given.

"I had been wanting to cross that first Test hundred, especially here at Newlands, my favourite ground in the world and one close to my heart.

"It was special for my parents, too - they missed my debut game so luckily this time they were here and I'm sure it was full of emotion for them."