Monday, 20 March, 2023

SA name Bavuma as first Black African Test captain

Temba Bavuma was on Friday named the first black African captain of South Africa's Test squad in what Cricket South Africa described as "part of a restructure within the leadership group of the national team", reports AFP. Dean Elgar was axed as captain, although he remains a member of the squad which starts a series against the West Indies on February 28. Chief selector Victor Mpitsang was another casualty of the shake-up, with CSA stating he had been "released" from the role.

Bavuma became the first black African to captain South Africa at cricket when he was named leader of the one-day

international and Twenty20 international teams in March 2021. Bavuma, meanwhile, came under criticism for his poor

batting form in T20 internationals, notably in the T20 World Cup in Australia last year. According to Friday's statement,

Bavuma will remain captain of the one-day team but will relinquish his role in the T20 side. Nkwe named a 15-man squad for the two Tests against West Indies. Five players who played in the losing series in Australia in December and

January - batsmen Sarel Erwee, Rassie van der Dussen and Khaya Zondo, wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne and fast bowler Lungi Ngidi - have been dropped while Theunis de Bruyn has retired. Batsman Aiden Markram and all-rounder Wiaan

Mulder are recalled as is spinning all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy whose only two Tests were in India in 2019.