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Sport24.co.za | Bavuma: It’ll be difficult to fill Amla’s void

Cape Town – Temba Bavuma believes it will be difficult to fill the vacant role left by former Proteas star batsman Hashim Amla.

Amla retired from international cricket earlier this month, bringing the curtain down on one of the greatest Proteas careers ever seen.

“It is difficult for any team in the world to fill the void left behind by Amla’s retirement,” Bavuma told The Hindu website.

“It is up to guys like me who have been playing Test cricket regularly for the last two years to step in and try to make it count.”

The Proteas will tour India next month for three T20Is and then three Tests from September 15-October 23.

South Africa ‘A’ are set to play five unofficial one-day matches followed by two four-day games.

Bavuma will captain the SA ‘A’ side in the shorter format with the first unofficial ODI starting on Thursday in Thiruvananthapuram at 05:30 SA time.

The 29-year-old sees the ‘A’ tour as an excellent opportunity to acclimatise to sub-continental conditions.

“We want to get more game-time in conditions we are not used to…” said Bavuma.

“As a batter you are always greedy and would want more runs and centuries against your name. I am enjoying my journey as a Test cricketer and am always trying to improve.”

Squads:

SA ‘A’ one-day squad

Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions, captain), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Kyle Verreynne (Cape Cobras), Junior Dala (Titans), Theunis de Bruyn (Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Highveld Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), George Linde (Cape Cobras), Janneman Malan (Cape Cobras), Marco Jansen (Knights), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors)

SA ‘A’ four-day squad

Aiden Markram (Titans, captain), Theunis de Bruyn (Titans), Zubayr Hamza (Cape Cobras), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), George Linde (Cape Cobras), Pieter Malan (Cape Cobras), Eddie Moore (Warriors), Senuran Muthusamy (Dolphins), Marco Jansen (Knights), Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras), Wiaan Mulder (Highveld Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Khaya Zondo (Dolphins)

SA ‘A’ tour to India:

Thursday, August 29 – 1st unofficial ODI at Thiruvananthapuram (05:30 SA time)

Saturday, August 31 – 2nd unofficial ODI at Thiruvananthapuram (05:30 SA time)

Monday, September 2 – 3rd unofficial ODI at Thiruvananthapuram (05:30 SA time)

Wednesday, September 4 – 4th unofficial ODI at Thiruvananthapuram (05:30 SA time)

Friday, September 6 – 5th unofficial ODI at Thiruvananthapuram (05:30 SA time)

Tuesday, September 10 – 1st unofficial Test (06:00 SA time)

Tuesday, September 17 – 2nd unofficial Test (06:00 SA time)

Compiled by: Lynn Butler

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