World Cup 2023: Need to stay in present, says Temba Bavuma on semi-final jinx ahead of SA vs AUS

Temba Bavuma is not ‘hundred percent’ due to issues over his hamstring, but the South African skipper went out for toss ahead of the crucial World Cup 2023 semi-final against Pat Cummins’ Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

 

In gloomy conditions in Kolkata, Bavuma and the Proteas opted to bat first after winning the toss.

“We will bat first. I am not a hundred percent. Not something I really dreamt of (captaining his country in a World Cup). We have come against a team like Australia in the semi-final,” Bavuma said during toss.

Bavuma also revealed how the South African Rugby World Cup-winning team sent their best wishes.

“We did get a message from them (South Africa’s rugby winning team) this morning, means a lot to me and the team, there’s a game to focus on,” he stated.

 

 

Out of four World Cup semi-finals thus far, the Proteas have lost three times. They tied their 1999 semis against the Aussies at Edgbaston in Birmingham, but failed to qualify for the final.

“Yes, we did speak about it (the semi-final jinx) but it’s very important to stay in the present. Need to stick to our processes,” Bavuma added.

The Proteas made a solitary change as they roped in left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and left out fast bowler Lungi Ngidi.

South Africa had a decent run in the league stage after they finished second in the table with 14 points and a net run rate of +1.261 thanks to wins in seven out of nine matches.

They beat Australia by 134 runs when the two teams met back on October 12 at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.

 

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