South Africa v England: Centurion Temba Bavuma inspired by sledging
Cape Town native first black African to score a Test century for South Africa
Last Updated: 06/01/16 7:06am
Temba Bavuma says sledging from the England fielders inspired him as he became the first black African batsman to score a Test century for South Africa.
Bavuma notched an unbeaten 102 from 148 balls on day four of the second Test in Cape Town as the Proteas racked up 627-7 declared in response to England's 639-6 declared.
"It was word of encouragement, if I can put it politely!" Bavuma, who stuck 16 fours in his innings, said of the chatter from the England fielders.
The guys were coming hard but it was all in the spirit of the game and it assisted me in knuckling down.
"The guys were coming hard but it was all in the spirit of the game and it assisted me in knuckling down - it was almost like school cricket when guys used to come at me because I was short.
"[Ben Stokes] is a tough competitor and his words fired me up a bit, but afterwards he came up to me to say well done so I respect him for that."
Bavuma bested his previous best score of 54 against Bangladesh in Chittagong having added 158 for the seventh-wicket with debutant Chris Morris (69) after South Africa had slipped to 449-6.
"I can't tell you exactly what was going through my mind but there was a lot of emotion, a lot of relief, and it's a day I will cherish," said the diminutive right-hander, who grew up in the township of Langa just outside Cape Town.
"In the infancy of your career there is always a bit more pressure so I want to make use of the chances I have been given.
"I had been wanting to cross that first Test hundred, especially here at Newlands, my favourite ground in the world and one close to my heart.
"When I made the South Africa schools side, I realised cricket could be more than a passion and I could use it to inspire black African kids - achieving this kind of milestone will strengthen that example.
"I looked today at the kids playing mini-cricket at lunchtime - half those kids come from Langa and a lot them know my name, so when I go back to Langa I know I'll have those kids running around me.
"It was special for my parents, too - they missed my debut game so luckily this time they were here and I'm sure it was full of emotion for them."
England moved to 16-0 after Hashim Amla, who had earlier scored 201, declared late in the evening session, with captain Alastair Cook unbeaten on eight and opening partner Alex Hales five not out.
Hear more from Bavuma, including his thoughts on Amla and how he passed his time before strolling out to bat, in the video at the top of the screen - and then watch day five of the second Test between South Africa and England from 8am, Wednesday, Sky Sports 2.