Temba Bavuma says he has learnt to embrace the responsibility of batting with the lower order, after his match-changing 52 in the third Test match against England at The Oval on Saturday. His crucial partnerships in ‘difficult’ conditions with Kagiso Rabada (30) and Morne Morkel (17) -which contributed 100 runs – helped the Proteas avoid the follow-on and an embarrassing first innings total. Lower-order resolves have become a speciality for the 27-year-old, a role he has adapted to admirably in his 23- match Test career. England are in full control with a lead of 252 runs with nine wickets in hand and two days remaining in the match. It seems like yet another mountain for the batsmen, but Bavuma says the line-up has braced themselves for another fighting fourth innings effort to save the Test match. Bavuma passed 1000 Test runs during his calm and gutsy innings, an achievement that has given him due confidence after a frustrating run where he hasn’t been able to convert his solid starts . He reached the milestone in 35 innings, similar to Jacques Kallis who took 33 innings.

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