Proteas in England

SA dedicate win to Boucher

2012-08-20 19:36
Graeme Smith (AP)
Cape Town - The Proteas have dedicated their series win over England to former wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, whose career was cut short on the tour.

South Africa on Monday beat England by 51 runs at Lord's to win the series 2-0 and claim the No 1 ranking in Test cricket.

Skipper Graeme Smith dedicated the win to Boucher at the post-match presentation. He also wrote "We miss you Bouch" on his shirt.

"It was a tribute from the team," Smith said at the post-match presentation ceremony. "It was meant to be his 150th Test. He's been an integral part of the Proteas family for so long and it was something as a team we felt we wanted to do."

Boucher's international career was cut short when he was struck in the eye by a bail which ricocheted off the stumps in the Proteas' first match on tour. He subsequently announced his retirement from international cricket.

Boucher was quick to respond to the kinds gestures from his former team-mates via his Twitter account.

"Thnx @GraemeSmith49 ,the Proteas squad and 2 all the messages from everyone!That was a special touch! Proud to have been apart of that squad," he posted.



Jacques Kallis also paid tribute to his friend Boucher (Picture: @OfficialCSA on Twitter)

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