South Africa appoint Temba Bavuma as first black African captain to guide limited-overs sides as Dean Elgar named Check skipper

South Africa batsman Temba Bavuma plays a shot during a T20 international


Temba Bavuma has played 44 Tests, six ODIs and eight T20s for South Africa

Temba Bavuma has become the first black African to permanently captain a South Africa side after being appointed their limited-overs skipper.

Batsman Bavuma, 30, will lead the Proteas in the next two Twenty20 World Cups, later this year and in 2022, and the next 50-over World Cup in 2023.

Opener Dean Elgar, 33, has been named Test captain for the next cycle of the World Test Championship.

“This is one of the greatest honours of my life,” said Bavuma.

“Captaining the Proteas has been a dream of mine for many years as those closest to me know.”

Bavuma and Elgar replace wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, who had held the T20 and one-day international captaincy roles since last January and was named temporary Test skipper in December.

De Kock had taken over all three roles from Faf du Plessis, who retired from Test cricket last month and said he will now focus on T20s.

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