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Boucher pleased with how Proteas played Archer

2019-12-31 17:00
Jofra Archer is warned by umpire Chris Gaffaney (G
Jofra Archer is warned by umpire Chris Gaffaney (Gallo)

Cape Town - Proteas head coach Mark Boucher was pleased with the way his batsmen handled England paceman Jofra Archer at Centurion.

Archer, England's fastest and most hostile bowler, claimed six wickets as the tourists fell to a 107-run defeat in Centurion but will still reflect on one of the most difficult experiences of his short Test career.

In South Africa's first innings he only managed to remove tailender Keshav Maharaj and in the second his five-wicket haul was balanced out by the fact he leaked six an over, including four maximums.

That made it his costliest spell so far in Test cricket, having only once in his previous 12 innings gone above four. Boucher revealed that was part of a deliberate strategy and is keen to see it continue.

"I wouldn't see him as England's greatest threat. He's a threat but there are quite a few other bowlers who are a threat in their line-up," he said.

"I think he's got a spell in him that can really ruffle a few feathers. But at the time (in the second innings) we were in a position in the game to take him on a bit more. We understand he's a wicket talker, that he's going to pick up wickets, but I've always encouraged the batters to set up to score.

"If there are scoring opportunities you need to take them. He was under a little bit of pressure because he was going for quite a few runs which meant we were getting some momentum and getting ahead of the game.

"I'm pretty happy with the way we played him."

Boucher played 147 Tests for his country during a 15-year international career and recently returned to lead a set-up which had been lurching from crisis to crisis. The squad have already praised his influence and his sense of pride as he looked back on his first match in charge was impossible to miss.

"I might go a bit greyer a bit earlier than I expected, but it's a great feeling for me to back," he said.

- TEAMTalk

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