Tuesday, July 10, 2012

CRICKET: SOUTH AFRICA WICKETKEEPER MARK BOUCHER RULED OUT OF ENGLAND TEST


South Africa have announced that wicketkeeper Mark Boucher will miss the Test series with England following an operation on an eye injury.

The 35-year-old was struck by a bail while standing up to the stumps on day one of the tour match with Somerset.

He underwent surgery on a lacerated eyeball at 19:00 BST on Monday. 

On Tuesday,Cricket South Africa tweeted  "Mark Boucher will be returning home from the tour. Selectors will name a replacement in due course."

That replacement could be Thami Tsolekile, with only the versatile AB de Villiers a viable option behind the stumps from the squad already in England.

De Villiers took the gloves at Taunton after Boucher was helped from the pitch following treatment on his injury. 

Boucher, in his fourth tour of England with the Proteas, was not wearing a helmet when he was struck by the bail after leg-spinner Imran Tahir bowled Somerset's Gemaal Hussain.

After visiting Boucher in hospital, South Africa's team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee told Cricinfo: 
"The extent of the eye injury can be described as severe. The eyeball was repaired during the operation.

"The long-term prognosis at this stage remains unknown."

Boucher has played 147 Tests for South Africa and holds the wicketkeeping record for most dismissals in the five-day format with 555.

The first of South Africa's three Tests against England begins at The Oval on 19 July. 

COURTESY OF BBC SPORT


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