Proteas

Boucher's Eng tour in doubt

2012-07-09 22:20
Mark Boucher (Getty Images)

London - Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher's hopes of featuring in the upcoming Test series against England were put on hold after he suffered aBoucher-scare-for-Proteas-20120709"> potentially career-ending eye injury on Monday.

The 35-year-old, who had hinted this could be his final campaign before retirement, was hit in the face when a bail ricocheted off the stumps after Gemaal Hussain was bowled by Imran Tahir during the first day of the Proteas' tour opener against English county Somerset at Taunton.

Boucher, as would be expected for leg-spinner Tahir, was standing up to the stumps, but he was wearing a cap rather than a helmet.

After treatment on the field, Boucher was helped off with blood coming from his left eye and taken to hospital

His place behind the stumps was filled by AB de Villiers, who has kept wicket in international matches for South Africa.

Were Boucher to feature in all three Test this series, he would reach the coveted 150-mark but at the close of play South Africa team manager Mohammad Moosajee said that was unlikely.

"I don't think he will be ready for the first Test (at The Oval starting on July 19), if the series, but I would like to wait for the information the surgery gives us."

Moosajee, explaining the extent of the damage done to Boucher, added: "It is a significant injury.

"Mark sustained a direct blow to the left eye, which resulted in a laceration to the white part.

"It is what we call an eyeball rupture.

"The ophthalmic surgeon had a look at him at the Accident and Emergency Unit and decided that he needed to undergo exploratory surgery to identify the extent of the damage.

"He will need a general anaesthetic so there has to be a six-hour gap since he last ate a meal. That means the operation will be performed at around 7pm (18:00GMT).

"After the operation we will talk to the surgeon again. With eye injuries one cannot make predictions.

"From a medical point of view a lot depends on whether there is damage to the retina, which allows us to see and focus. We won't know about that until after the surgery.

"The surgeons will be able to give us a better indication of the damage after the operation. Then it will take 48 to 72 hours for the swelling to start going down," Moosajee added.

Boucher has been a mainstay of the South Africa side for 15 years, appearing in 147 Tests and becoming the first wicketkeeper to take 500 catches in Test cricket, where he has also scored five hundreds.

South Africa's selectors may now have to call-up specialist wicke-keeper Thami Tsolekile, even if De Villiers continues behind the stumps, should Boucher be ruled out of the tour completely.

"The concern at the moment is for Mark Boucher the patient, rather than whether he is going to take part in the rest of the tour," said Moosajee.

"The selectors back home are being kept abreast of what is happening.

South Africa fast bowling great turned bowling coach Allan Donald said former team-mate Boucher had been looking forward to a series where the Proteas hope to wrest the world No 1 Test ranking from England..

"He wanted to finish here," Donald told Sky Sports. "I can't think of a bigger kick in the teeth than that.

"To happen on the first day is a cruel blow. Let's just hope he is going to be okay."

By 21:48 SA time on Monday night Boucher was still in surgery, with no further updates available. Team-mate JP Duminy tweeted: "No updates yet unfortunately peeps! He's still in surgery! Will keep u guys posted."

At 22:33 SA time Test skipper Graeme Smith posted: "Still here waiting!will let all know when he comes out...."

Read more on:    proteas  |  mark boucher  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

BCCI urges IPL scandal probe

2014-04-21 11:45

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
06 July 2014
Sri Lanka v South Africa, Colombo 06:15
09 July 2014
Sri Lanka v South Africa, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 11:00
12 July 2014
Sri Lanka v South Africa, Hambantota 06:15
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

What was the No 1 reason for the Proteas losing their ICC World Twenty20 semi-final to India?

 
 
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.