HISTORY CREATED ! Temba Bavuma named first black African captain of SA test squad
History was created today after Temba Bavuma was named the first black African captain of South Africa’s test squad.
This follows the axing of Dean Elgar although he remains a member of the squad which starts a series against the west indies next week.
Cricket South Africa described the move as “part of a restructure within the leadership group of the national team”.
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 will remain captain of the one-day team but will relinquish his role in the t20 side.
Five players who played in the losing series in Australia in December and January – batsmen Sarel Erewee, Rassie Van Der Dussen and Khaya Zondo, wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne and fast bowler Lungi Ngidi – have been dropped while Theunis De Bruyn has retired.
Uncapped Tony De Zorzi is likely to make his debut as an opening batsman, while Keegan Petersen and Ryan Rickelton return after missing the tour of Australia because of injury.
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.