JOHANNESBURG – Temba Bavuma realises that captaincy will involve more than just setting an example.
He does that already anyway; hits more balls than almost anyone else, is disciplined to a fault about his fitness, is never satisfied and he carries himself with a quiet authority.
Being the Highveld Lions captain will not change those aspects, but the 28 year old, knows he needs more as he seeks to help turnaround a franchise that was down in the dumps last summer.
“I need to be a bit more open,” said Bavuma, who was appointed as the franchise’s captain in the off-season taking over from Stephen Cook. “I’m the type of person that normally looks within for answers before I go to others, I need to be more accessible and open and allow people to be able to confide in me, lend an ear to anyone who needs it.”
Bavuma and new coach Enoch Nkwe are central to the turnaround the Lions hope to enact this summer. Rumours of trouble at board level continue to hang over the franchise which just can’t seem to consistently marry discipline between administration and the challenges they face on the field.
What that surface will be at St George’s Park where the Lions face the Warriors from today, is something of a mystery given its still very early in the season.
The Warriors, who formally made Rivash Gobind the head coach after Mali Maketa was promoted to Proteas assistant, will be looking to build on a largely positive season last summer, where their sharing of the One-Day Cup with the Dolphins was a highlight.
“They are not a side to be taken lightly,” said Bavuma.