Look: Contractless ‘Bedders’ on the front foot in England

Henry

David Bedingham has only played four games for Durham in the latest county series, but his batting does the talking nonetheless.

The 30-year-old South African has scored 490 runs at an average of 81.66, while he has already boasted two centuries.

He scored 144 runs in Durham’s latest match against Hampshire in Southampton.

Bedingham is a player who is cut out for red-ball cricket: His technique is rock solid, but he can also score runs quickly – as evidenced by his strike rate of almost 75.

With his attacking approach, he has already hit 53 fours and 13 sixes in his handful of innings for Durham.

He made his Test debut for the Proteas against India at SuperSport Park last year, while he also indicated that he is not available for the SA20 tournament because he would like to play red-ball cricket for South Africa.

Needless to say, he was the top batsman in a depleted Protea squad in the recent series against New Zealand and he hit a great century in the second Test in Hamilton.

Yet Cricket South Africa did not reward him with a national contract.

“No national contract for Bedingham; the Proteas’ most rounded batsman,” said Herschelle Gibbs on X, formerly Twitter.

The former opening batsman later described the decision as “disgraceful” in his entry.

Bedingham had earlier abandoned his initial plans to qualify for England.

“I can’t stop smiling. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to play. Circumstances tend to change quickly and I am very happy to be part of the Protea set-up,” he said before his first Test.

Players with KSA contracts for 2024-25: Temba Bavuma, Nandre Burger, Gerald Coetzee, Tony de Zorzi, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs and Rassie van der Dussen.