July 10, 2012
South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher is heading home and will miss the entire tour of England after sustaining a nasty eye injury during a tour match at Taunton yesterday.
The veteran wicket-keeper was struck by a bail while standing up to the stumps to leg-spinner Imran Tahir who clean bowled Somerset’s Gemaal Hussain.
AB de Villiers took the gloves at Taunton after Boucher was rushed to hospital for surgery. It is not known what the long-term prognosis of the injury will be as yet.
Boucher has played in 147 Test matches for his country and holds the record in this form of the game for the most dismissals with 555.
Earlier in the day the crowd were treated to a devastating century from Peter Trego who scored 103 from just 63 balls. The home side had recovered from 32-4 to 312-8 declared. There was also a century for James Hildreth.
South Africa closed the day on 96-2 with Hashim Amla (35*) and Jacques Kallis (45*) the not out batsmen.
The Scoop 10/07/12