Temba Bavuma insists his appointment as Proteas Test captain has not affected his relationship with the man he replaced, Dean Elgar.
Bavuma will lead the Test team for the first time when the Proteas take on the West Indies in Centurion from Tuesday, with Elgar continuing to open the batting.
“The question about my relationship with Dean, I think it’s a bit of a naughty one because there is nothing amiss and there is nothing wrong in my relationship with Dean,” Bavuma said at a press conference on Friday.
“Dean and I have always been good teammates and I have always looked up to him as a senior player. He helped me to settle within the team and I don’t see how things can change with whatever changes have been made from a leadership point of view.
“I have had discussions with Dean and there is nothing between me and Dean that anybody needs to be worried or concerned about.”
Bavuma said while he expected to be put under additional pressure as captain, it was something he’d become accustomed to during his career.
“Pressure that comes with Test captaincy, I don’t know what type is going to be but I have been in international cricket for a number of years and all I know is pressure. In Test cricket it is different and I guess it is something that I will have to experience and take along my journey.
“First and foremost the dream was always to play Test cricket, I have lived the dream but the opportunity of leading the team is a lot more special. It means a lot to me, to my family and people who have supported and have been with me on this journey. It is a special one.”