193 comments
Jared Balia
Jared Balia

Hope todays game puts this to rest👌✌

Lekale Mashego
Lekale Mashego

SA cricket magazine how is that humble pie you had for lunch today? I really enjoyed watching you and your ilk eat it.

Piwe Ncetezo
Piwe Ncetezo

He SCORED a TON Today! Only the 2nd to Score a ton on Debut and the 12 In the World! So SHUT UP! and Write Stuff that will Unite the Country

Paul Van Rooy
Paul Van Rooy

Its easier for test players to adjust to the demands of ODI then for players in the shorter format to convert. Take Miller and albie Morkel. They cannot convert those skills to the longer format

Marc Mayes
Marc Mayes

Rilee roussow and De Bruyn would even have been selected over Bavuma at test level and ODI in any other country but SA.....now I bet you if the above 2 players were black all of you would be jumping up and down to select them ... Am I right???

Marc Mayes
Marc Mayes

Bottom line is he is not good enough to warrent selection in the ODI side , I really like bavuma I think he has a big future but only as a test batsmen , at first class level he averages 40 which is good a deserves his spot but an average of 28 in ODI cricket is not good at all .... Do you think england or Australia or india etc would have selected a batsmen that averages 28 ??? Answer is NO they wouldn't have . . but unfortunately here in SA we have a racist policy in Quota's that black people fought against but now justify??? How stupid does that look hey??? Our level of first class cricket and ODI cricket has deteriorated so much that a player that can average under 30 can be selected as a protea , where a player like De Bruyn who averages over 40 and by all accounts is the better ODI batsmen can't get into the team ??? Players like Rilee roussow and de bruyn are hugely talented and if you guys think that bavuma and Ompile Ramela are better than the above players you all very sadly mistaken and obviously race minded people ....

Piwe Ncetezo
Piwe Ncetezo

Mark Boucher in 365 List A Matches he Averaged 28. Nic Pothas In 236 he Averaged 35. In All Honesty , Mark Boucher was useless, he was favoured by the Selectors. While other Countries were ratating keepers, Boucher was kept and we won nothing. On the other hand with Adam Gilchrist Helped Australia to Victories as he was Scoring Run. Same for Bavuma, Even if this was a pick for Quota System, Ompile Ramela Averages 28 , So he is better than Bavuma Statistically. But then Steve Kompela Says " Statistics are like a BIKINI, they don't reveal anything "

Pretty Mphokane
Pretty Mphokane

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Hlabirwa Mapholo
Hlabirwa Mapholo

Thanks for sharing Hlatse. Interesting comments by the writer

Dennis Maduna
Dennis Maduna

Did he not score a century in the ekasi challenge? The same was said about Amla and now he is one of the best in the world in all formats. Black man must always explain himself.

Grant Hoole
Grant Hoole

Tshepo Khotseng, I bet you would not have made that comment, if the player was white.

Grant Hoole
Grant Hoole

Have you looked in the mirror lately. You are the one that is playing the race card, but I am done with this now. If you want to comment again, feel free, but I won't respond

Scot Cooper
Scot Cooper

Its just a question guys. He's in the squad, he might or might not have been selected to fill the quota, and it doesn't automatically mean he's getting selected in the first XI. Yes his average of 15 last domestic season makes this article valid, but his recent knocks in the T20 Africa league prove that he can contribute in the shorter format.

Craig Mccauley
Craig Mccauley

He's performed at the highest level, that's test cricket, how many great international players statistics in domestic cricket are exceptional, I think that they're backing the right horse in Bavuma, he seems to have the stomach for the fight on the big stage and it's unfortunate that people can't see that he will be a great performer in colored clothing big show

David Sweers
David Sweers

Duh, because of the system, the racist system

Nqoba Nqo
Nqoba Nqo

I don't understand how you can write someone off when they haven't even faced a single ball. You have already labelled him a failure,maybe you just don't believe in him, never have, never will. Bavuma will do his talking with his bat!

Tom Sizeland
Tom Sizeland

Please point out in the article where he's been labelled as a failure.

Nqoba Nqo
Nqoba Nqo

"why throw a spanner in the works with an ODI-call up?" Smith was 21 when he was made captain, but Bavuma is 25 and you have an issue with him playing a once-off ODI against Ireland.

Vusi Sibisi
Vusi Sibisi

I wonder what will happen should he score a 50 or 100

Vusi Sibisi
Vusi Sibisi

Wow I am very happy that he played very well. I was not watching that match

Norman Masilo
Norman Masilo

Good riddance people like you are holding on to the past

Thembalethu Timba
Thembalethu Timba

leave SA bru your racist white okes are waiting for u in Aus

Lukhanyo Tshongweni
Lukhanyo Tshongweni

there we go again, white people using funny things to true and exclude black players. David Warner hadn't played a single game for his domestic side before making his test debut. so this thing of someone having to be tested first is so overrated. we have seen for the national test team that Themba can score at a good rate and he's got the range of stroke play, so why not allow him to play ODI'S. So the issues here is not the fact that Themba has to prove himself, but as a white journalist it scares you that we've got a quality black batsman who can actually step in and do well.

Deon Pietersen
Deon Pietersen

Totaly agree with you ssir if it was a white player there would not even be a test its would have been just an automatic inclusion in the ODI site

Grant Hoole
Grant Hoole

I wish some of these black people on this page would get a life & stop feeling sorry for themselves. Just because it is a white journalist talking about a black player, it must be racist. Please man, grow up!

Tom Sizeland
Tom Sizeland

This is such a shame..such a strange thing to say. I'm a big fan of Bavuma..he's been brilliant at Test level, and he's on the cover of our magazine because he's a star in the making. I just don't think his form in one-day cricket is good enough to be playing ODIs right now.

Tom Sizeland
Tom Sizeland

Lukhanyo Tshongweni please read the article before passing all your judgments

Vusi Sibisi
Vusi Sibisi

I am happy for him and wish him the best of luck.

Norman Masilo
Norman Masilo

TOM GO SIZE YOUR MIND 1ST BEFORE YOU SAY YOUR RACIST CRAP

Goodwill Mkhululi Moyo
Goodwill Mkhululi Moyo

in ODI we need a solid batsman apart from our top four we will going to be doomed.what if we find ourself 3wickets down in 10 overs.can middle order do it.every country knows that when playing against protea's ,after AB WE DOOMED.I WOULD SAY GIVE HIM A CHANCE,after all we all building for champions trophy and world cup

Brett Roux
Brett Roux

Remove quotes from sport and this stupid debate just becomes about selecting a player with promise and not race. Damn unfair on him.

Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson

I don't believe he should be judged on his career stats but rather his current performances. I feel he has the temperament to succeed at ODI Cricket just as Amla was judged at the beginning of his career he wil surprise many

Zebi Mokoena
Zebi Mokoena

If ever you played cricket you will have heard of a good club cricket player or franchise cricket. A good club cricket player scores century week in week out at club cricket get selected provincially become average same as franchise Rillie is a typical example at franchise he scores runs freely come international level he is failing week in week out. If you check Temba first class average is lower than his test average now thats shows bmt. Selection is not only based on average but there are other issues considered.

Ian Robinsin
Ian Robinsin

Because the quota system at national level dictates that you are selected no matter what

Phiwe Ndinisa
Phiwe Ndinisa

This is an extremely misleading article. Internationally and domestically this is not the first nor the last time that a cricketer is being selected on basically a trial and error basis but it certainly is the first time for a black South African batsman and that seems to be the writers issue here. SA cricket and clearly this magazine too are delusional when it comes to the severe consequences of persisting to hold onto white privilege in cricket. The reliance on arguments which gravitate towards the need to preserve the nature, integrity and general application of the system are misguided and dangerous. Hence the slower than needed transformation in SA cricket. I could go on about the flaws in this article but would like to urge the writer to stop thinking / writing paragraphs like the second one. Quotas cannot be viewed as maximums. So that point / basis to question Bavuma's selection is such a shame.

Stephan Soet Ertjie Jooste
Stephan Soet Ertjie Jooste

...you shouldn't just look at stats in cricket, you need to look at current form, format as well as probably last 12 to 24 months domestic form. Based on that Bavuma is the perfect test player (as he is in the squad) but his ODI/list A form leaves much to be desired. I wish him well in the ODI team in the unfamiliar position of opening batsman...

Norman Masilo
Norman Masilo

WE ARE USED TO IT THEY QUESTIONED WHEN HE WAS SELECTED FOR TEST SIDE3 AND PROVE HIS HATERS WRONG AND NOW AGAIN HIS SELECTED HATERS MAKE NOISE

Norman Masilo
Norman Masilo

WHAT HAS STATS HAS TO DO WITH ANYTHING .WHAT WAS KALLIS STATS WHEN HE ENTERED THE ARENA DID WE SHOUT NO WE GAVE HIM A CHANCE COS WE KNEW HE HAS TALENT ALSO HOW MANY DUCKS DID GET BEFORE MAKING RUNS IN ODI DID WE SHOUT AT HIM, NO WE GAVE HIM CHANCE COS WE SAW TALENT