Boucher out of England tour

2012-07-10 07:15

Cape Town - South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher’s tour of England is officially over after he suffered a potentially career-ending eye injury on Monday.

The news of Boucher's withdrawal from the Proteas' tour to England was confirmed on Tuesday by the SA Cricket magazine on their Twitter page.

Boucher, 35, 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.


  • stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-07-10 07:33

    Thank you Boucher for being a servant of SA Cricket. Hope you have a speedy recovery. Greetings

      maaifoedie.madmax - 2012-07-10 07:57

      Hard cheese, Boucher; but you should not have been there anyway. We should have blooded a new w/k against Sri Lanka and New Zealand and at this stage AB will have to take the gloves. Not that I suspect AB will complain; in fact I suspect he will suddenly be ever so glad to keep. Anyway, welcome back Duminy. With Boucher out we will have a massive batting line-up.

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-10 08:13

      Sad to see you are not going to be involved Bouch. Agree that he has been an amazing servant to SA cricket and I am sad to see that he is injured. Get well soon, and great thanks from all of SA cricket fans

      Squeegee - 2012-07-10 08:22

      maaifoedie - Well, need I say more than your name?

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-07-10 08:30

      PLEASE not Tsolekile. AB behind the stumps and JP in!!!

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-07-10 08:33

      Wasn't very smart though, not wearing a helmet to a tahir, like he normally does!

  • jacovdw - 2012-07-10 07:35

    Good luck Bouch! Hope you make a full recovery!

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-07-10 07:35

    Such a pity and awlful way to end yuor international career.

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 07:36

    All the best Bouchy,speed recovery!!!!!!Who is next in line,Tsolikile??

  • Joe - 2012-07-10 07:36

    this sux, to play about 150 test matches and to end your international career this way..... Get better soon Bouch!

      Joe - 2012-07-10 07:38

      DON'T replace him with Tsolekile please!!!!

  • andrew.worrall.5 - 2012-07-10 07:40

    You supposed to keep your eye on the ball not the bail

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-07-10 08:23


      Squeegee - 2012-07-10 08:23

      The toilet is not a good place to keep your brain, andrew.

      ian.levinson.7 - 2012-07-10 08:34

      what a chop

      heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-10 09:07

      You're a moron andrew

      derrick.legg.3 - 2012-07-10 09:56

      moron!! my reply to Andrew

  • merushan - 2012-07-10 07:50

    Get well marky.hope you recover and be able to make a come back and complete your 150 tests some day

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-07-10 08:07

    get well soon o Mogaka

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-07-10 08:25

    get well soon Mark and thank you so much for everything you have given SA cricket. God be with you.

  • shanleigh.sewsanker - 2012-07-10 08:36

    if they really really really really wana get a keeper a temp would be van wyk other ab for the tour.

  • grant.butler.104 - 2012-07-10 09:01

    All the best in your recovery Boucher....this is a sad way to end but you will always be remembered as a brave scrapper and some of your records will stand for a long time...

  • mazizi.ndzimela - 2012-07-10 09:37

    get well soon Boucher...

  • ndira.mtyenene - 2012-07-10 09:42

    we want Tsolekile

      Joe - 2012-07-10 10:06

      So you want SA to lose?

      mike.burrows.37 - 2012-07-10 10:30

      Are you supporting England

  • Jo - 2012-07-10 09:46

    Boucher "was hit in the face when a bail ricocheted off the stumps"..... How HARDCORE is cricket? Oh, wait, it started to drizzle! Noooo! I can't see the ball! My jersey is shrinking.... NOOO! Better go indoors and have some tea and scones.

      hugh.olphart - 2012-07-10 12:32

      ever faced a ball coming at 170km/h, from 22'?

      gungets.tuft - 2012-07-10 13:06

      Say's Jo (not Joe??), who does graphic design as a job. Pheeew, bet you are quite the man then. Have you ever faced a Brett Lee, or Dale Steyn, hurling a ball at your head from 20m. If you have not been there, and it is plain that you have not, then rather sit up in the box and sip on your strawberry daquirie, leave sport to the okes who play to win.

      bjorn.bischoff.52 - 2012-07-10 13:15

      jo d00s - 2012-07-10 13:26

      Seriously Jo?? He had less than a second to take evasive action. Maybe you were trying to joke about it, but if Bouch 's career is now over, I can't really see the humour in that.

  • Sabiha - 2012-07-10 09:51

    ag no this is so sad - we expected a good farewell final farewell - get well soon boucher !!!

  • paul.a.davies.1848 - 2012-07-10 10:14

    this is a great shame , as he has been a great ambassador for SA cricket and a record breaking wickey in world cricket. Wishing him all the best for a speedy and full recovery...................

  • mardeo.bezuidenhout - 2012-07-10 11:03

    Bad luck Boy!!

  • thamsanqag - 2012-07-10 11:08

    I think the least the can do for Bouch if he fully recovers, is to give him the honour of playing his last game for his country here in S.A like his fellow players did recently. He'll be celebrated better here than in a foreign land bcz we know how he served this nation. I don't think it is over for him yet, Boucher still has some fight in him.

  • hugh.olphart - 2012-07-10 12:25

    Very sad day. You will be missed Boucher, and thanks for providing us with a stellar career. You are one of the legends of the game.

  • - 2012-07-10 14:28

    Now we have a better chance against England. I don't wish ill on any player, this is indeed sad, but he was dropped in the recent past for a reason. He is not good enough anymore, should have called time on his illustrious career before now. Get well soon Mark, memories of your past great performances far exceed viewing your current exploits. Take a bow, hail to you, and in the mean time - SA need to move on with future thinking in this space - long flippin overdue!

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