Australia v South Africa Tests
Warner lauds 'phenomenal' Bavuma run-out
Aussie vice-captain hands credit to his opponent following stunning day-four dismissal
7 November 2016, 04:32 PM AEST
Temba Bavuma's sensational run-out in the first Commonwealth Bank Test has earned high praise from an unlikely source – the man whose wicket it claimed, Australia opener David Warner.
Warner was on 35 in Australia's second innings on day four when he was the victim of a remarkable piece of fielding from Bavuma, who swept in from point and picked up and threw while airborne in an acrobatic effort that ultimately caught the batsman inches short of his ground.
Warner, renowned as both quick between the wickets and an exceptional fielder himself, was fulsome in his commendation of his opponent.
"What a fantastic run out, that was absolutely superb," Warner told Wide World of Sports.
"I only saw it when I got back into the change room and to throw a ball like that off balance and in mid-air is just phenomenal.
"I was at full stretch and if you slow everything down you probably see that I wasn't at full stretch, but I felt that I that I was.
"I don't think it warranted a dive either, I don't think it would have made a difference."
Warner justified his call for the somewhat risky run by explaining the importance the Australians had placed on strike rotation through their fourth innings, as they set their sights on a highly improbably target of 539.
"I thought there was a quick single there," he explained.
"We talk about rotating strike in all forms of the game and it was one of those ones where I hit the ball and I thought I was going to be able to make it and I was full stretch.
"I put my head down and I ran as I normally do."
Warner's former Test opening partner, Chris Rogers, was equally impressed with the work of Bavuma.
"To run out Davey Warner in that manner was incredible, but it was the way he did it – he moved so quickly, picked up the ball and threw in one motion," Rogers told cricket.com.au.
"His feet were above his head when he let the ball go.
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"That's only something a Jonty Rhodes or a Ricky Ponting could pull off.
"It was one of the best pieces of fielding I've ever seen."
The South African's fortunes took a turn for the worse on day five however, as a no-ball prevented him from claiming a maiden Test wicket (see below).
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