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Jet lends Bouch a helping hand

2011-10-26 22:48

Cape Town - Former South African and Transvaal wicketkeeper Ray "Jet" Jennings has helped Mark Boucher sharpen up his keeping skills ahead of the series-deciding one-day international clash against Australia at Kingsmead in Durban on Friday.

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The Volksblad newspaper reports that Jennings - currently Cricket South Africa's specialist wicketkeeping coach - trained with Boucher at Kingsmead early on Wednesday before the rest of the Proteas' squad made their way to the ground.

Boucher was not at his best in the previous clash at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth. The 34-year-old missed a couple of stumping chances from off spinner Johan Botha's bowling.

Jennings - also a former Proteas coach - says he's been called up to get Boucher in the "right frame of mind" and "ready".

Jennings expects some uneven bounce from the Kingsmead pitch, which could toughen Boucher's job. He says they have a long working relationship and it was Boucher's decision to call on his assistance.

"Allan Donald (SA's bowling coach) phoned me. It's actaully just to get his (Boucher's) focus back," said Jennings.

The Proteas and the Aussies are currently level at 1-all in the three match ODI series, which in essence makes Friday's game a final.

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Comments
  • Eddie - 2011-10-27 08:14

    Bouch has been one of our stars for a long time and is certainly a national cricketing hero. Sad that his career is drawing to a close. I hope Jet succeeds in getting him sharp enough to go out with a masive bang. Go Bouch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hayley - 2011-10-27 08:56

    Respect!!!! Shows the class and calibre of Boucher. Man enough to know he is not up to full scratch , but willing to get assistance to make right on his responsibilities. If only a few more members of the squad would do the same. Hats off to you man, hope you have a great game!

  • Burtfred - 2011-10-27 08:58

    Can Jet the ego teach Bouch anything? I doubt it.

  • Thopa - 2011-10-27 08:58

    Funny how other players are afforded multiple chances. When Gibbs advised Boucher,A.B & Smith runs the team there was an outcry, but if we closely look at how the team works will discover that there's some truth to what Gibbs said. Smith has not scored runs in two years & he has never been dropped! Boucher misses easy stumppings and he been given a wicketkeeper coach, whats next?

  • granville.paulse - 2011-10-27 10:41

    The man did not make the last WC. He's not gonna make the next. NNNNNEXXXXXXXTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nic - 2011-10-27 11:24

    I am no expert but when I was playing in the back jard my dad told me one thing...keep your eyes on the ball...you cannot catch a ball if you look away. Look at video and slow replay. He turns his head away every time!!!!

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