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‘We don’t see colour’

Temba Bavuma‚ who missed the first Test with a muscle strain‚ is declared fit but dropped for the occasion.

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‘We don't see colour'
Temba Bavuma missed the first Test. Photo: Cricket South Africa

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said physical complexion has never been an issue when making selection for proteas’ team.

du Plessis’ remarks came ahead of the second Test match against England at Newlands.

South Africa’s present Test team’s solo black performer Temba Bavuma‚ who missed the first Test with a muscle strain‚ has been declared fit but he has been dropped for the occasion as his replacement Rassie van der Dussen scored a crucial second-innings 51 on debut that paved South Africa’s way for the 107-run win at the Super Sport Park.

“We don’t see colour and it’s important that people understand that. Opportunity for any colour is important‚ so when I mention Rassie‚ it’s about consistency when it comes to the giving and the backing of opportunities and being fair in terms of giving players a chance‚” du Plessis said.

“Temba will be the first guy to acknowledge that he got a very good opportunity‚ but it’s important for the general game in South Africa that we keep producing very good cricketers.

“Colour is irrelevant and there will be things put in place to ensure we produce players of all colours. Right now though‚ we need to win Test matches‚ so we need to raise the level of performance for all of us,”

du Plessis added.

Pieter Malan is reportedly going to make his Test debut as Aiden Markram’s finger injury left him ruled out of the series.

Meanwhile South Africa captain noted that Bavuma will have to score runs to get his position back into the team.

“If you’re not finding yourself starting in the Test team‚ it’s about weight of runs. Unfortunately‚ Temba was injured before the series‚ but that was a chatting point even before the series in terms of competition and positions‚” Du Plessis said.

“Temba is in agreement with this and from a weight of runs perspective‚ he probably wasn’t where he needed to be. If and when he gets released‚ weight of runs will be his way back into the team.”

 

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