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Huge respect for Bavuma in Proteas camp, says Markram

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Temba Bavuma will lead the Proteas for the first time since being named white-ball captain when they face Pakistan at Centurion Park on Friday.

Temba Bavuma during the One Day International South Africa Training on the 31 March 2021 at Supersport Park, Centurion. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu, BackpagePix

PROTEAS batsman Aiden Markram says the respect ODI captain Temba Bavuma enjoys in the squad is “seriously on another level”.

Bavuma will lead the Proteas for the first time since being named white-ball captain when they face Pakistan at Centurion Park on Friday at 10am.

And with one eye on the 2023 World Cup, Markram believes coach Mark Boucher and company made the right choice to appoint Bavuma, 30, as captain.

Markram explains: “It’s been amazing to see Temba [Bavuma] operate so far this week –the amount of respect the guys have for him in this environment is seriously on another level.

“I think it makes leading from his side a lot easier, so I’m extremely happy for them [Bavuma and Test captain Dean Elgar] and certainly the guys, not just myself, but the whole Proteas environment back and respect them.”

Of what Bavuma brings differently to former leader Quinton de Kock, who he admits he hasn’t played a lot under in this format, Markram adds: “Where Temba might vary is that he is more rigid. He does a lot of planning before the game, so you have options to fall back on.

“Quinny is a free-spirited person and captain and developed plans on the field. Preparation from captaincy point of view might be a bit different.

“It’s something that’s exciting – Temba has done really well with the Lions and won trophies with them and that speaks volumes about his ability to lead well and captain the side well.”