Bavuma pointed to last September's T20 tour to India, where De Kock captained the side to a 1-1 draw, as the beginning of a new era in white ball cricket for South Africa. "South Africa completely outplayed us in every department".
Woakes was all praise of de Kock, and added that England needed to find a way to get him out early in the remaining matches. England eventually posted 258-8 from their 50 overs.
South Africa's Quinton de Kock celebrates after scoring a century during the first ODI against England at The Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town on February 4, 2020. They've had a little glimpse of T20 worldwide cricket but it's not all crash, bang, wallop, like we've seen today.
But after a hard past few months in which he missed all but the final Test of the series against England, he was merely happy to play his part in a 173-run stand alongside De Kock.
He was assisted by Chris Woakes, another male who played that test series, who made 40 off 42 balls.
England's total was underwhelming given their extraordinary feats with the bat in recent years, but they were indebted to Joe Denly's industrious 87 off 103 balls after they had collapsed from 51 without loss to 131 for six. Bavuma and de Kock settled in for tea and supper, milking the bowling throughout and maintaining a healthy run-rate - 173 runs in 169 balls - before de Kock was knocked over trying to hoick a Joe Root pie into the Cape of Good Hope.
De Kock completed 5,000 ODI runs and got a 15th ODI hundred up with a stylish drive-off spinner Parkinson before it was cleaned up to take Root out of the ground. We'll see how the captaincy goes in the near future. He was trapped lbw by Chris Jordan and tried a desperate review.
South Africa's middle-order batsman Temba Bavuma has acknowledged that being constantly viewed through the colour of his skin has taken a toll on him.
The decision to choose Denly, 33, for a series which marks the start of the next World Cup cycle was questioned in some quarters but he vindicated his selection after Tabraiz Shamsi's three for 38 left England floundering.
The second ODI will be played in Durban on Friday, with the three-match series ending in Johannesburg on Sunday.
With Lutho Sipamla also making his debut and claiming a maiden wicket the Proteas went into the match with six bowlers who had played less than 100 ODIs between them with Andile Phehlukwayo being responsible for more than half of those caps.
Bavuma's dismissal two short of a century and with his team 25 runs from victory was the only real disappointment for South Africa.