As far as I can make out of his comments Bavuma is not fully recovered from injury and he indicated that he does not want to throw him under the bus since there was media criticism of Bavuma recently and to play him under those circumstances could eb to the detriment of the player,
He would prefer that Van der Dussen remains in the team, especially uin view of his seond innings batting in the first test,
In view of the injury to Markram Pieter Malan would open the batting since he amnd seconds are the nly players with opening batsmen experience.
So the team will be as follows:-
Elgar, Malan, Hamza, Van der Dussen, Du Plessis, De Kock, Pretorius, Philander, Maharaj, Rabada, Nortje
I think there were clear problems identified in the first test, The two opening batsmen contributed 44 runs in the test and I believe that Malan and Elgar will be no better in the second test, Even Mozart had a rare lucid interval and made the statement that we need opening batsmen and that remains a problem.
Hamza showed some class in he first innings and he does seem to get another chance to prove that he belongs. Van der Dussen is the better of the present middle order batsmen in the side and he deserves another chance.
Du Plessis was not up to standard and I believe he will have to be replaced before we will have a more reliable batting line-up.
One cannot leave out the tenth ranked batsmen De Kock out of the team I assume.
It may be advisable to have a spinner i n the team since the Newlands pitch may be to the advantage of spin bowling especially later on in the test,