There has been a lot of reshuffling in South Africa Cricket. Dean Elgar has been removed from the captaincy role of the Test team. In his place, Temba Bavuma will lead the team in this format. However, he also leads the South African side in the ODI and T20I.
Bavuma is the first black African to lead the team in all formats. Taking another important decision, Cricket South Africa has also removed Chief Selector Victor Mpitsang from his post.
Bavuma has played 54 Test matches for South Africa so far. In 93 innings of these matches, he has scored 2797 runs at an average of 34.53. In this, he has scored 1 century and 20 half-centuries. Now he will appear in the team as captain in ODIs and Test cricket.
Under Elgar’s captaincy, South Africa won a series against West Indies, India, and Bangladesh. However, he faced defeat in the Test series against England and Australia.
Dean Elgar has captained South Africa in a total of 17 Test matches, in which the team has won 9 and lost 7, and one match ended in a draw. Besides this, 35-year-old Dean Elgar has played 82 Tests and 8 ODIs for South Africa. In 145 innings of Test, he scored a total of 5027 runs at an average of 37.51. In this, he has scored 13 centuries and 22 half-centuries. Dean Elgar will be included in the team as an opener in the home series of 2 Test matches against West Indies starting on 28 February.
The South Africa Cricket Board has appointed JP Duminy as the new batting coach of the team. Duminy is also likely to be given a place on the selection committee.
“We are confident that Temba Bavuma will live up to our expectations and help take the team forward after some excellent work by his predecessor, Dean Elgar,” Cricket South Africa director Enoch Nkwe informed the media.