Temba Bavuma on semi-final availability: 'I'm quite confident but it's not a unilateral decision'

Temba Bavuma on semi-final availability: 'I'm quite confident but it's not a unilateral decision'

Temba Bavuma has confirmed that he feels “good, but obviously not 100%” after suffering a hamstring injury in South Africa’s final league match against Afghanistan last Friday, and is “pretty confident” about playing in the semi-final against Australia.

“Physically I feel good. Obviously not 100%,” he said in Calcutta. “So obviously this day [today] becomes important in terms of the decision about tomorrow [match day]. “I am quite confident, but a unilateral decision will not be made.”

South Africa no longer has a selection panel and decisions on the final eleven remain entirely in the hands of the coach. That means the buck will end with Rob Walter, who, yesterday, said there was no talk of leaving Bavuma fit (he has scored 145 runs in seven matches at an average of 20) and that Bavuma would be given “the best opportunity to play.” for his country.” Walter could not confirm when the final decision would be made, but said that “in an ideal world” it would not wait until the morning of the game. Bavuma himself said the team would be announced in a private meeting tonight, while that a team spokesperson said the media and public would find out about Bavuma at the draw.

All we have to go on then is what we’ve been told and what we’ve seen from Bavuma this week. After suffering a hamstring strain, he was not taken in for a scan, but he had the weekend to rest. The team had a day off on Saturday and traveled from Ahmedabad to Kolkata on Sunday. Questions about why he didn’t need a scan went unanswered.

Since then they have attended three training sessions, but both Monday and Wednesday were optional, and Bavuma was present at all of them. On Monday, she worked out and hit for more than an hour and team management said she was showing “objective signs of improvement.” On Tuesday, she did more intense running drills, including some sprints, a fielding session with one-handed pickups and throws, and hit again, with an emphasis on footwork. And today, after addressing the media, Bavuma did some jumping and stretching exercises, side running and more fielding before batting in the shadows on the field. ESPNcricinfo has confirmed that no physical test was done.

What we don’t know is what, if anything, Bavuma should do to become fit. When asked directly what boxes he still needed to check today, Bavuma said: “I think I’ll just use the rest day to continue my rehab and do some field stuff. I can’t tell you from a medical standpoint, but I think for For me, from a feeling point of view, that’s what I can attest to.”