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Temba Bavuma's history leaves England batting to save the Test in Cape Town

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Temba Bavuma's historic hundred ensured the best result England can hope for on the final day of the second Test in South Africa is a well deserved rest for their bowlers.

Bavuma provided a moment to savour in Cape Town on Tuesday, becoming the first black African to score a Test century for the Proteas.

But as well as having personal significance and wider cultural resonance, the 25-year-old's innings also effectively ended England's interest in taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

South Africa declared two runs behind on 627 for seven, with England openers Alastair Cook and Alex Hales due to resume on 16 without loss.

And assistant coach Paul Farbrace admitted the ideal scenario was for the bowling attack to rest up after 211 overs in the field.

He said: "It is a flat pitch and the bowlers knew it was going to be a tough job, but they stuck to their guns and tried really hard. They'll be hoping the batters have a decent time and they won't have to put their boots back on."

The match situation might have been rosier had England caught better over the course of the Test.

Instead, a total of seven catches - some harder than others - and two half-chances went begging in the field.

"There are no excuses, we know we've missed four or five, probably six, chances to have taken chances and moved the game on in our favour," Farbrace added.

"It's not through lack of hard work or practice and we'll continue to work on that.

"We've missed chances but on the upside we've created them."

Bavuma, a township boy from nearby Langa, will take the field having assumed a prominent place in the nation's sporting consciousness.

He is just the sixth black African in South Africa's Test history and his maiden hundred is a siginificant staging post in the process of transformation.

Speaking after his achievement, Bavuma said: "At first cricket was a passion, I just played for the love of it.

"When I made my debut for South Africa I came to be a bit more aware and realise the significance behind it all. It's not about me making my debut, it's about being a role model - an inspiration for other kids...black African kids.

"Achieving this kind of milestone will strengthen that example.

"I understand the significance but I'm struggling to find the words.

"It's not just me walking on the field, it's not just me walking on the field...it's a whole lot of kids."

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