Bavuma looking to carry excellent form into ODI series, confirms he will bat at No 3

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  • Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma hopes to build on his promising Test batting form in this week's three-match ODI series against India.
  • The Proteas are looking to seal their first ODI series win since 2020.
  • Bavuma confirmed that he would slot in at number three as the Proteas ponder playing an extra batter or opting for an all-rounder.

Proteas ODI captain Temba Bavuma is looking to continue his excellent batting form ahead of the three-match one-day series against India, starting on Wednesday.

Bavuma scored 221 runs in the three-match Test series, which included two half-centuries as South Africa came from behind to clinch a 2-1 series win.

South Africa have not recorded an ODI series win since March 2020 and Bavuma's side will look to build momentum against KL Rahul's charges.

Bavuma, who is playing in his first ODI since September, says that he hopes to transfer his red-ball form to the ODI set-up.

"The Test series went quite well for the team and for me personally. My feet seemed to move nicely and I've been hitting the ball well, and I'd like to carry on with that momentum and feeling," Bavuma told reporters on Tuesday.

"I have an opportunity in the ODI's and people ask if there's anything that has changed and done differently, and to be honest, no.

"I've been doing things the same, maybe it's just a good period of form for me. Tomorrow is a tomorrow."

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Despite the Proteas batsmen steering the side to a Test series win at Newlands last week, South Africa's batting form remains a concern against a formidable Indian attack.

India's last ODI tour in South Africa saw the tourists claim a 5-1 defeat in 2017/18 as the Proteas battled against spin duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Bavuma, who was not involved in that Indian series, could not divulge too much on South Africa's batting order, but did confirm that he'll come in at number three.

"Quinton upfront and Janneman have done fairly well so I don't see that changing. I'll come back into the picture at number three," said Bavuma.

"The real conversation comes in the middle-order whether we want to go with an extra batter or all-rounder at number six."

The first ODI is scheduled on Wednesday at 10:30 in Paarl.

Proteas ODI squad vs India

Temba Bavuma (captain, Lions), Keshav Maharaj (vice-captain, Dolphins), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper, Titans), Zubayr Hamza (Western Province), Marco Jansen (Warriors), Janneman Malan (Paarl Rocks), Sisanda Magala (Lions), Aiden Markram (Titans), David Miller (Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Wayne Parnell (Western Province), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (North West Dragons), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Lions), Kyle Verreynne (Western Province).

ODI series vs India schedule

Wednesday, 19 January - 1st ODI (Boland Park, Paarl)

Friday, 21 January - 2nd ODI (Boland Park, Paarl)

Sunday, 23 January - 3rd ODI (Newlands, Cape Town)

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