Temba Bavuma reacts to Proteas' World Cup qualification

Temba Bavuma reacts to Proteas' World Cup qualification

Proteas captain Temba Bavuma is chuffed with the confirmation of the One-Day International team's qualification for the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup.

The Proteas had done all they could to try and sneak into the final automatic qualification spot, following their back-to-back victories over the Netherlands earlier this year, but had to wait on the outcome of Ireland's three-match ODI series against Bangladesh this month.

The Irish could only dislodge South Africa with a 3-0 series win, but after the first match on Tuesday was abandoned due to rain, it was confirmed that Bavuma and company would avoid the qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe and head straight for India in October.

"I'm pleased to learn that we've secured our qualification for the upcoming World Cup in India later on this year. If I look at the journey, it's been a tricky one for us as a 50-over team, to get to this point," said Bavuma.

"But looking at the last few months, a lot of positive strides have been made as a team and I think we are well-positioned to build on the momentum and confidence that we've gained.

"I think now is a perfect opportunity for us to really focus on the World Cup from a preparation point of view, nail down our plans, and brush up in areas that we feel we need to.

"I think, personally, again it will be a major honour and privilege for me to be leading the team in my first-ever 50-over World Cup, and I hope we can achieve some good things as a team."