Bavuma aware of what he must do

He‘s aware that his spot in the Test side’s by no means cemented after an impressive start to his Test career.

South African batsman Temba Bavuma celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during day 4 of the second Test match between England and South Africa at the Newlands stadium on January 5, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Proteas batsman Temba Bavuma knows he must build on his breakthrough season in the Test arena in order to nail down and establish himself in the middle order of the side.

The 26-year-old was one of several players celebrated at this week's Cricket South Africa (CSA) awards in Sandton. The diminutive right hander walked away with sponsor KFC's 'So Good' award.

Bavuma's moment of the season came when celebrating his maiden Test century against England at Newlands in front of a jubilant crowd in January.

Through the past season, the plucky batsman scored 358 runs at an average of 44.75 with two 50s and that unbeaten 102 against the English.

"I think, personally, I've had a lot of time to think about what happened at Newlands and what it meant to me and the entire country," he said.

"I haven't played cricket for three months, just lazing around the couch, gymming…but it's given me time to realise that Newlands has come and gone. I've re-assessed and have set new goals and new ambitions."

Bavuma is well aware that his spot in the Test side was by no means cemented after an impressive beginning to his Test career, adding that plenty of work lay ahead in the coming months for him to consolidate his position.

He added, "I wouldn't say I'm an established player as yet. There's quality players around me and I still regard every chance that I get as an opportunity and I try to use it to the best of my ability."

With his opportunity in Tests coming, the Cape Town-born player will play for South Africa A in the coming weeks when they face Australia A in a two-match four-day Test series Down Under.