Temba Bavuma, who led South Africa’s domestic side Highveld Lions this year, also scored 6680 first-class runs from 125 games. @ Getty Images
Temba Bavuma, who led South Africa’s domestic side Highveld Lions this year, also scored 6680 first-class runs from 125 games. @ Getty Images

Northamptonshire have signed South Africa batsman Temba Bavuma for the 2019 County season. According to a report in Cricbuzz on Thursday, Bavuma, who has played 31 Tests and two ODIs for South Africa, scoring 1488 and 161 runs respectively, will be available for eight Division 2 championship games.

Bavuma, who led South Africa’s domestic side Highveld Lions this year, also scored 6680 first-class runs from 125 games.

Explaining the move to sigh Bavuma, chief executive of Northamptonshire Cricket Club, Ray Payne, said that the club aims at getting a promotion to Division 1 after finishing at ninth in Division 2 last season.

“We are keen to return to the Championship’s top division and hopefully, his runs will help us achieve that,” Payne said.

“Signing a player of Temba’s international stature underlines our ambitions as a club. His Test experience will bring an added dimension to the team and we’re all looking forward to welcoming a cricketer who is admired and respected around the cricketing world.”