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Temba Bavuma labelled ‘outstanding’ for not throwing de Kock ‘under the bus’

Former England cricketer Nasser Hussain heaped praise on South Africa captain Temba Bavuma, after standing by teammate Quinton de Kock who refused to take a knee at the T20 World Cup.

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South Africa T20 captain Temba Bavuma has been labelled ‘outstanding’ by Nasser Hussain, after not throwing teammate Quinton de Kock ‘under the bus’ following victory over West Indies.

Wicketkeeper de Kock was heavily scrutinised after missing his team’s T20 World Cup clash with the Windies due to refusing to take the knee pre-match.

Despite the backlash towards one of his star players Bavuma – who is a black South African – refused to criticise de Kock despite his decision.

Cricket South Africa had confirmed to its squad that all players were required to take the knee in support of racial equality before each of their games at the tournament, and de Kock’s refusal led to his absence.



Quinton de Kock refused to take a knee at the T20 World Cup.
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Bavuma said: “Quinton is a big player for the team, not only with the bat but also the role he plays from an experience point of view.

“Not having that at my disposal as a captain was obviously not something I was looking forward to.

“In saying that, Quinton is an adult. He’s a man in his own shoes. We respect his decision, we respect his convictions.”









Following the South African captain’s respectful comments, former England star Hussain praised Bavuma for his professionalism labelling him ‘outstanding’.

Hussain told Sky Sports: “Temba Bavuma the other day in the press conference was outstanding, absolutely outstanding.

“He did not throw Quinton de Kock under the bus, he was very sympathetic to Quinton de Kock.

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Nasser Hussain labelled Temba Bavuma ‘outstanding’.
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“And he said at the end of that press conference, ‘he’s got his choices and got his reasons, but all of those reasons have repercussions’”

Following his initial actions, the South African wicketkeeper has since taken a U-turn on his stance and has revealed that he will now take a knee, whilst also issuing an apology to his teammates.









In a statement he said: “I would like to start by saying sorry to my teammates, and the fans back home.

“I never ever wanted to make this a Quinton issue. I understand the importance of standing against racism, and I also understand the responsibility of us as players to set an example.

“If me taking a knee helps to educate others, and makes the lives of others better, I am more than happy to do so.”



Temba Bavuma received praise from Nasser Hussain.
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In light of his statement Hussian believes a potential key reason for his apology was the well-respected statement made by his captain Bavuma.

Hussain added: “Quinton de Kock has realised that what he made, the decision yesterday or the day before, has those repercussions and he has come to this decision now.

“It is a very complicated issue, and I for one read that Quinton de Kock statement and got a bit of context out of it.”


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