Proteas in England

AB to keep wicket in first Test

2012-07-10 18:13
AB de Villiers (File)

London - South Africa's team management announced that the versatile AB de Villiers, who has previously provided cover behind the stumps in both Tests and one-day internationals, will replace wicketkeeper Mark Boucher for the first Test at The Oval next week.

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However, a long-term replacement, possibly Thami Tsolekile, will eventually be called up.

Boucher, 35, announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday after undergoing surgery on his left eye.

Boucher was hit in the eye by a bail after an Imran Tahir delivery struck the stumps on Monday's opening day of a tour match against Somerset in Taunton.

Boucher made his debut for the Proteas as a 20-year-old against Pakistan in Sheikhpura in October 1997.

Since then, he has notched up a number of world records, including most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in Tests with 555.

He also stands on 999 international dismissals in all formats of the game.

He scored his first Test century, one of only five in his career, in his 16th Test against the West Indies in Centurion, in January 1999.

In his 38th Test, in March 2001, he became South Africa's most successful wicketkeeper with his 153rd dismissal against the West Indies in Port of Spain.

Boucher also captained the national side for a brief period in the 2002/03 season, filling in for regular captain Shaun Pollock who was injured.


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