Bavuma, Elgar replace De Kock as South Africa captains

Temba Bavuma to captain South Africa in limited-overs cricket with Dean Elgar taking the reins in Test matches; Proteas director of cricket Graeme Smith says former captain Quinton de Kock will “still play integral role in the team’s leadership group”

Last Updated: 04/03/21 2:44pm

Temba Bavuma has been named as South Africa's new limited-overs captain
Temba Bavuma has been named as South Africa’s new limited-overs captain

Temba Bavuma and Dean Elgar will captain South Africa in white-ball and Test cricket respectively, replacing Quinton de Kock.

Wicketkeeper-batsman De Kock had held both positions but will now return to the ranks with Bavuma leading the Proteas into the 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cups and 2023 50-over World Cup and Elgar in charge for the next cycle of the World Test Championship.

Bavuma will also be Elgar’s vice-captain in Test cricket.

Cricket South Africa director of cricket, Graeme Smith, said: “We are pleased with the appointments of Temba and Dean and believe that we have the men who will lead the Proteas back to their winning ways of old.

Quinton de Kock will still be a key part of South Africa's leadership group, says Proteas director of cricket Graeme Smith
Quinton de Kock will still be a key part of South Africa’s leadership group, says Proteas director of cricket Graeme Smith

“The pair bring the required stability in both leadership and form to turn the ship in the direction that will eventually bring trophies back to the cabinets.

“Temba has been a strong and influential voice in the team in recent times and has shown consistency on the field in all formats, solidifying his place as a leader. He also has the trust and backing of the players and coaches around him.

“Dean has made no secret of his Test captaincy ambitions over the years and we are pleased to have a leader who is ready, willing and able to step up to the massive task of turning our Test cricket fortunes around.

“His role as a leader in the Test team has never been in doubt and we are confident that he will bring the same grit and determination to his captaincy as he has brought to his many performances on the field over many years.

Dean Elgar is now South Africa Test captain
Dean Elgar is now South Africa Test captain

“We are grateful to Quinton for the work he has put in as captain of the team in the limited-overs formats and are indebted to him for stepping up while the National Selection Panel continued its search for the Test captain.

“We expect him to still play an integral role in the team’s leadership group.”

Bavuma said: “Captaining the Proteas has been a dream of mine for many years as those closest to me would know. This is one of the greatest honours of my life so far.

“I am looking forward to picking up where Quinny (de Kock) has left off in leading the team into the new culture that we have developed and continue to work on.

“The responsibility of captaining one’s country is not one I take lightly, and I am looking forward to this new challenge and journey with Dean in the Test cricket format, as well as leading the team to not just one, but three ICC World Cups in the very near future.”

Elgar added: “I’ve always said that to captain your country in any form of the game is the biggest honour that a player can be fortunate to receive.

“To captain my country’s Test team, which I believe to be the pinnacle of the game, is the biggest highlight of my career and I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent my country in such an important way.

“Temba and I know more than most the challenge that we have ahead of us in returning the Test squad back to its winning ways, but I know that we’re both more than ready for the task at hand.

“I’m looking forward to bringing stability back into the team and laying a solid foundation for us to be able to accomplish the ambitions we all have to see the Proteas go back to the world’s number one spot in all three formats.”

Source : Sky Sports