Medical team ‘monitor’ Bavuma


Temba Bavuma is showing progress after hurting his hamstring in the Proteas’ last World Cup group game.

According to Cricket South Africa (KSA), the extent of his injury was investigated by the Proteas’ medical team.

“Temba showed improvement overnight and the medical team will continue to monitor him,” the national cricket governing body said in a statement.

The 33-year-old player suffered the injury early in Afghanistan’s innings and he was not at all his energetic self in the field.

He struggled with his mobility and could not chase a ball at full speed.

Later he also struggled to run between the wickets and he contributed 23 runs to South Africa’s successful run chase.

The South Africans had already qualified for the semi-final round before the Afghanistan match, but Bavuma wanted to remain part of the action.

“It was an opportunity to spend time in front of the wickets and I didn’t want to give it up. Yes, it was a risk to stay on the field, but I did what felt right to me.”

The Proteas play in the semi-final of the World Cup against Australia at Eden Gardens on Thursday.

If Bavuma does not recover sufficiently from his injury, Aiden Markram can take the reins of captaincy, while Reeza Hendricks can open the batting.