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Bavuma hit his first-class career best of 180.

Bavuma hit his first-class career best of 180.

Dropped from the Test squad on account of poor form, Temba Bavuma is making sure he "racks up those big scores" needed to get back into the South Africa Test fold. In that light, how does a first-class career-best score of 180 on a deteriorating fourth-day pitch sound like? "Close to my best" is how Bavuma would describe it.

Even though Bavuma's innings came in a losing cause -- there was no support from other Lions batsmen, the next highest score being 25 -- the timing of it all is just perfect. Mark Boucher wanted Bavuma to get some runs, and he's got them, poetically a day after assistant coach Enoch Nkwe threw his weight behind him. "I wouldn't be surprised if, after Faf, he takes over," Nkwe had boldly said.

"It was massive," Bavuma told Gameplan Media after his innings in Pietermaritzburg. "It was nice to be in the middle. That's where you can practice and practice and set your goals. What you do there is what matters. You can get your mind in the right space.

"From a personal point of view, obviously it's always awesome to contribute to the team. I have been someone who's been trying to rack up those big scores. Fortunately today was that opportunity and I was able to grab it with both hands. I played close to my best."

There was sharp turn for Prenelan Subrayen and Senuran Muthusamy on a pitch that started off as batsman-friendly but deteriorated very quickly. Bavuma made 17 off 31 in the first innings before going on to notch up 180 off 282 balls (24 boundaries). He was "disappointed" with the result and hoped for a better show next week, but took comfort in his own return to form, the lack of which has polarized cricket fans for some time.

"To be honest, and not to be arrogant or anything, I felt pretty good even in the first inning. Soft dismissal for me in the first innings, I got out to the right-arm offie. It was a good wicket, and yes it deteriorated quite quickly, but you needed yo have good plans for the spinners. They were lucky that they had guys to turn it away and turn it in -- that kept you on your toes as a batter. There were definitely runs out there.

"From a Lions' point of view, we will bounce back. We have another game next week against the Titans, and that's another opportunity to play good cricket," Bavuma added, perhaps hoping for similar something in South Africa's Test team sooner rather than later.

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