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STAT ATTACK | Numbers paint grim picture of Temba Bavuma's suitability for T20 cricket

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Temba Bavuma (Getty)
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There's a tinge of irony to the raging debate over whether Temba Bavuma, the Proteas' T20 skipper, is a suitable player for the game's shortest format: it didn't seem like it was going to be the case exactly 11 years ago.

Indeed, when the diminutive right-hander made his debut in the format for Gauteng against Griqualand West in Kimberley on 2 October 2011, he came in at 3/1 - which would become 3/2 - and stroked eight fours and two sixes in an impressive 49-ball 70 to guide his side to a six-wicket victory.

A few weeks later, he valiantly tried to carry Gauteng over the line in a tight game against a strong North West attack, his 53 off 48 balls not quite enough to avoid a five-run defeat.

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