CSA on why Temba Bavuma did not bat with Marco Jansen: Too much of a risk

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Cricket South Africa have explained why captain Temba Bavuma did not bat toward the end of the Proteas’ innings on day three of this week’s first Test against India at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

The Proteas responded to India’s first-innings total of 245 all out with 408 for nine. Bavuma did not join all-rounder Marco Jansen at the fall of the ninth wicket after sustaining a hamstring injury earlier in the match. Jansen ended with 84 not out.

“Following continuous medical assessments, it was determined there was too much of a risk of aggravating his injury, had he gone out to bat at this stage of the game,” read a statement from CSA.

“The medical team are managing him to give him the best chance to bat, should he be required in the fourth innings.”

Bavuma was not required in the fourth innings, as South Africa won the match by an innings and 32 runs after limiting India’s second innings to 131 all out.

Bavuma has since been ruled out of next week’s second Test at Newlands in Cape Town.

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