Van der Dussen keeps his place, Bavuma outside England Test

Cape Town, January 2 (AFP) Rassie van der Dussen will remain on the side of South Africa for the second test with England in Newlands after his impressive debut in his team's opening victory, keeping Temba Bavuma out despite Your return to the hip from the hip injury.

Bavuma will not have the opportunity to repeat his heroic Newlands against England for four years, when his exciting century made him the first black African to win a hundred for South Africa.

The decision to ignore Bavuma for a white player can cause some controversy in view of the official goal of having two black Africans in the national team. Kagiso Rabada is now the only black representative.

Temba passed his fitness test. But we think it's the right thing to give Rassie a long career, said Captain Faf Du Plessis.

Temba agrees with the process we are part of in trying to make the boys score great runs. Temba will be released to play a four-day (national) cricket and is a great opportunity for him to score some races. When asked what message he had for the black fans of the game, Du Plessis insisted that the decision to keep Bavuma out was purely cricket.

We do not see the color. The opportunity is very important. Temba will be the first to recognize that he had a very good opportunity, he said.

There will be things to make sure we continue to produce players of all colors, but right now we need to win test matches.

Bavuma has been a regular on the Test side since his hundred in Newlands in 2016, but he has not been able to reach three figures again. He suffered a fall in 2019, scoring only 258 runs in seven events with an average of 19.84.

If you're not on the test team at the moment, it's about the weight of the races, Du Plessis said.

Unfortunately, Temba was injured before the series, but it was a point of conversation before the series about competition for places. Van der Dussen, who was making his Test debut, shared a crucial association of 91 episodes in the second inning with Anrich Nortje in the first Test at Centurion. The vacancy in the batting order caused by Aiden Markram's broken finger will be filled with the new Pieter Malan hat, a specialized opening batter and a similar replacement. (AFP) AT AT

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