Dewald Brevis. (Photo by Ashley Allen/ICC via Getty Images)
- Proteas captain Temba Bavuma believes teen star Dewald Brevis needs more time before making his national debut.
- Brevis had a breakthrough year at the U19 Cricket World Cup and a decent debut IPL season for the Mumbai Indians.
- Bavuma says Brevis needs to play more top-flight cricket as the Proteas welcome 21-year-old Tristan Stubbs to India.
Protea’s limited overs captain Temba Bavuma says teenage sensation Dewald Brevis needs a little more time to integrate into the national lineup.
At this this year’s IPL auctionBrevis was signed by the Mumbai Indians for 3 crore (R6 million) following his breakthrough for South Africa at the U19 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean.
Brevis finished as the junior tournament’s top run scorer with 506 runs and was nicknamed “Baby AB” for his similar style to former Proteas star AB de Villiers.
The 19-year-old made seven IPL appearances for the Mumbai Indians, scoring 161 runs with a high score of 49 and even winning a wicket, held by Virat Kohli.
Despite making his mark on the IPL stage, Brevis has yet to earn his Proteas call-up and Bavuma believes he still needs some time before making his international debut.
“He’s another exciting candidate. He’s obviously set the world on fire with his performances in U19 and also in IPL,” Bavuma told reporters on Tuesday.
“To be honest he didn’t play first class cricket in South Africa. We have to allow him to grow and understand his game. I think it’s only fair to allow him to play some top notch games.
“I think there will be a lot of pressure to get him into the national team and to make big games in the team,” Bavuma continued.
“He’s treated like any young prospect that comes on stage and he’s mentored. But I think he should be given the time and space to improve his game in our system so he can settle into the international scene. “
The Proteas face India in five T20 games June 9-19, with Tristan Stubbs earning his first national call-up.
Stubbs came on as a substitute for the Mumbai Indians at this year’s IPL after impressing for the Warriors in the CSA T20 Challenge.
The 21-year-old only played in two IPL games and scored just two runs as the Mumbai Indians brought up the rear.
“It’s always exciting to have fresh, young faces on the team. We’ve seen a guy like Tristan Stubbs and seen what he can do at national level,” said Bavuma.
“We’re going to try to create an environment where he comes in and feels comfortable and expresses his talent. There are exciting times ahead in many ways.”
The first T20 is scheduled for Thursday next week in Delhi.
Protea’s T20 squad for the India series:
Temba Bavuma (Captain, Lions), Quinton de Kock (Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Titans), David Miller (Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Titans) , Anrich Nortje (Warrior), Wayne Parnell (West Province), Dwaine Pretorius (North West Dragons), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Tristan Stubbs (Warriors), Rassie van der Dussen (Lions), Marco Jansen ( Warrior)
Bavuma says Brevis needs “more time” to earn Protea’s call and welcomes Stubbs to fold
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