Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday announced the Test as well as the limited-overs skipper of the national team. Temba Bavuma, 30, has been named as the skipper of the limited-overs team, thereby, becoming the first black African to be named as limited-overs of South Africa.
“This is one of the greatest honours of my life. Captaining the Proteas has been a dream of mine for many years as those closest to me know.” Bavuma said after his appointment.
While Dean Elgar has been named as the skipper of the Test team until the next edition of the World Test Championship.
Both Bavuma and Elgar replaced wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock who was the in-charge of both the formats after Faf du Plessis’s retirement from Test cricket.
“The responsibility of captaining one’s country is not one I take lightly, and I am looking forward to this new challenge and journey with Dean in the Test cricket format, as well as leading the team to not just one, but three World Cups in the very near future,” Bavuma added.
On the other hand, Elgar has had the opportunity to captain the Test on a couple of ocassions in the absence of du Plessis in the past.
“I’ve always said that to captain your country in any form of the game is the biggest honour that a player can be fortunate to receive,” he said.
“To captain my country’s Test team, which I believe to be the pinnacle of the game, is the biggest highlight of my career and I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent my country in such an important way.”