Somerset v South Africans, Taunton, 1st day

Boucher undergoing surgery after eye injury

Firdose Moonda at Taunton

July 9, 2012

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Mark Boucher was struck in the eye by a bail after Gemaal Hussain was bowled, Somerset v South Africans, Tour Match, Taunton, 1st day, July 9, 2012
Mark Boucher got struck by a bail after Gemaal Hussain was bowled © Getty Images
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Mark Boucher's participation for the Test series against England is in doubt after he suffered a "significant injury," to his left eye during the tour match against Somerset. Boucher had to leave the field at the end of the 46th over when a googly from Imran Tahir hit the stumps and a dislodged bail struck Boucher in the left eye. Photographs showed Boucher bleeding from the eye as he left the field.

He will undergo surgery on Monday night to determine the seriousness of the injury - which was diagnosed as laceration of the sclera, the white part of the eye - but it looms as a potential career-ender as Boucher said the tour of England would be his last.

"I don't think he will be ready for the first Test and I don't know about the series," Moosajee said. "I would rather like to see the outcome of the surgery first before saying anything further. At the moment, the concern is more Mark Boucher the patient, rather than whether he is going to partake in this tour."

Moosajee said Boucher was in his usual "fighting spirits," but in a lot of pain. "When he got hit it caused dizziness out there and he had to helped off. They have also given him something to control the pain before he has the surgery."

However, South Africa appeared resigned to being without Boucher, who had been set to reach 150 Tests at Lord's, after bowling coach Allan Donald said they were "gutted," by the news. "I've never seen Mark Boucher as fit, as motivated or as determined for one series," Donald said. "This is his last series and he wants to go out on a high with the 150th Test. The way he led in Switzerland was magnificent. His leadership and what he has in team meetings is something else. I'm sure Mark would want us to refocus but this is a massive loss for us."

Donald named AB de Villiers as "a more than accomplished keeper," who could do a stand-in job, as he did in this match, but it is expected that South Africa will call up a replacement wicket-keeper if needed. Thami Tsolekile, who was nationally contracted from April 1, is the likeliest candidate.

Tsolekile recently played for the South Africa A side in the two unofficial Tests against Sri Lanka A and has also been named in the squad to travel to Ireland to shadow the senior side from the third Test.

Tsolekile last played for South Africa in 2004 when he represented the country in three Tests including one against England at Port Elizabeth. Since then, he has changed franchises, from the Cape Town based Cobras to the Johannesburg team, Lions, where he has spent the last three seasons. Tsolekile was earmarked as the successor to Boucher, who indicated he would retire after the England series, when he was awarded a central contract and was chosen to play for the A side.

He equalled the South African record for the most catches in a first-class innings when he claimed eight in the first innings of the match against Sri Lanka A, which ended in a draw on Monday.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by   on (July 12, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

it,s sorry to say mark.unfortunately no one hope to see like this.however i would like to wish you quick reovery.

Posted by ooper_cut on (July 10, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

@JontyFan, this is test cricket, not T20. You cannot substitute a genuine WK batsman for a pure batsman. Feel very sad for the gritty boucher, he sure was a poucher behind the stumps. May God be with him and help him to recover fast. Hope his eye is safe.

Posted by 5wombats on (July 10, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

@rahulcricket007. Your comment is utter DROSS. This forum is on the misfortune of an excellent cricket player. Please don't bring it down to your level. please publish this time.

Posted by JG2704 on (July 10, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 on (July 10 2012, 02:07 AM GMT) Sometimes you manage to surpass expectation. Not a word of sympathy for Boucher , just the angle that England get luck with opponents players getting injured and batting in the sun (although Aus had the better of the conditions in the 1st ODI which quashes that one). Re the Indian examples - You're right , Gambhir,Sehwag and Yuvraj proved exactly what a huge difference they made when they did play. Cummins (promising though he is) didn't do much and Lee didn't show much either. Bhaji (who is he even?) and I'm surprised you missed the name of Watson or go back to 2005 (Mcgrath) . But you're right it always happens to touring teams and never to English players like Broad,Bres,Tremlett etc

Posted by Jester01 on (July 10, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

There's many who wanted him replaced (Including me) but to see Boucher's tour end like this, you have to feel it for the guy. He's been a great servant for his country and I hope he recovers soon. Who will replace him is another matter. I personally wish its Faf du Plessis\Dean Elgar. Thami Tsolekile, I'm sorry but he will be the worst choice. Jeez he's over 30. The selectors already shot themselves in the foot by giving him a contract so I don't think they have much choice other than to select him.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

My fav SA player over the years. Get well soon Mark!

Posted by zenboomerang on (July 10, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

It would be sad for Boucher to miss out on a few milestones before retiring - 150 Tests, 1,000 international dismissals - plus one of the strongest SA teams to tour Eng in recent times... One of the last players from the 1990's still going around the int. circuit - it would be a sad way to finish... Hope he recovers quickly & can at least play a couple of matches...

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

What pathetic luck for Bouchy :-( ... all those guys who are laughing saying good for SA have absolutely no heart for this guy... :-( Who will SA get now?Tsolekile? that guy doesn't even score 30 a game and i have no idea how safe he is behind the stumps..and i dont want AB as well... this has to be a big blow to SA...

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

The best wicket keeper in the world will not be playing. Very unfortunate. It would either be DeVilliers or Tsolekile taking the gloves. Neither are in the same class as Boucher.

Posted by VK_MSD_IND_Champs on (July 10, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

May Triple Gem Bless you Boucher..As a Srilankan, I hope you'll get well soon.. We want you to play your finAl match for your country energetically and skillfully (like the way you did during your days).We still can remember how you played Brett Lee (penultimate ball) for 4 runs in the match that THE WHOLE CRICKETING WORLD STUNNED thanks to YOU( as well as to GIBBS,SMITH & OTHER GUY WHO MADE QUICK 30 ODD RUNS)

Posted by tappee74 on (July 10, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

This is very sad news.I am concerned about his injury to the eye and hope he be back to normal.Let us collectively keep him in our prayers.

Posted by JontyFan on (July 10, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

Blessing in disguise for SA! AB takes the gloves. Get JP in at 7, he's a more than useful offspinning option, strengthens the batting too.

Posted by mukul_rawal on (July 10, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

it is sad to see that but he always was in danger of such injury as he never wore a helmet when standing up to the stumps. Hope he gets well soon!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

Very sad news! :( Get well soon, Boucher!

Posted by kushaman on (July 10, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

Big blow for my team... Really a keeper like boucher will be missed by the team.... Lets hope the best for world class keeper.... And hope he can join at some stage...

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 10, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

A new keeper comes in and performs well, it will be end of roads for Boucher.. I wish the new keeper does perform well and Boucher gets a farewell test.. All the best SA.. Seriously hope that no more injuries and make it a dull series..

Posted by jmcilhinney on (July 10, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

I didn't originally realise that it was a bail and not the ball that caused the injury. In that case it is possible that even wearing a helmet or some other protection may not have helped. It still likely would have though. I don't know all the details but I really can't imagine Boucher playing after even a completely successful surgery on his eye. I just hope no lasting damage has been done that could affect him beyond cricket.

Posted by karthik666 on (July 10, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

@ Richard Sharp - i believe this thread more about boucher's injury than about ur opinions on whose a joker

Posted by Meety on (July 10, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 - words fail me! If it wasn't for past comments, I would of said one of the funnier posts on this site! Interesting to see how the Saffas handle this. There has been the thought that the Saffas have underperformed with Boucher, will they slot AB down the order, or replace directly?

Posted by gibbs.175 on (July 10, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

Unfortunately it is very sad news..as a wicketkeeper no body can replace mark boucher.....because he is the best ....bt as a batsman SA needs a good ,young wicketkeeper like Devi Jacobs.....

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (July 10, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE FACT THAT LUCK IS REALLY ON THE SIDE OF ENGLISH TEAM THESE DAYS . JUST WHEN OPPONENT TEAM ARRIVES IN ENG SOME OF THE PLAYERS WILL GET INJURED . EXAMPLES : ZAHEER , GAMBHIR , SEHWAG , YUVRAJ , CUMMINS , BHAJJI , BOUCHER , LEE . EVEN MOST OF THE SUN SHINE REMAINS WHEN ENGLAND IS BATTING & WHEN OPPNENT TEAM CAMES TO BAT DARK CLOUDS CAME OVER THE SKY.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

Its high time that wicket keepers have face masks like they do in baseball in the US. I remember seeing at least one wicket-keeper using it in the recently concluded IPL (or was it IPL-4)> But wicket keepers must start using it. At least while standing up to the stumps.

OK

Posted by cricketWI on (July 10, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

Why is it that every time there is a touring team to England, that touring team's players pick up injuries?

Posted by Greatest_Game on (July 10, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

What a blow for SA. Despite his waning form Boucher was still one of the world's best, and was well placed to finish his career on the high notes of both the personal milestones he would achieve, and wresting the title from Eng. If Boucher cannot keep then it AB must take the gloves. SA's tail was already weak with Boucher, and Tsolikele will only make it worse. JP Duminy has been in great form this year, and was already challenging for the no. 6 berth. AB's batting improved in ODIs when he took over the keeper's duties, and he has had a lot of time behind the stumps this year to build up stamina. There is no indication that three tests behind the stumps will seriously compromise his batting. SA's batting will be decidedly more fragile if another keeper is brought in at this stage whether, De Kock, Tsolokile or any other contender.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

Hopefully he recovers soon.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

Terrible news for Boucher, never been a fan of his as a keeper but nobody deserves this. Didn't Paul Downton's career finish in this way too?

Posted by Robster1 on (July 9, 2012, 23:38 GMT)

Terrible news for Boucher and SA. Get better quickly and why not now play through until the end of the next SA summer ? And for goodness sake any keeper but Tsolekile - AB, Kuhn, Van Wyk, de Kock etc - Tsolekile will not make a run against England's attack.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

@theMightyBradburn, It is Mohammad Moosjee.........Mohammad is his first name.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

Lets face it, it is pretty much a gamble standing up to the stumps in cricket. It's an accident waiting to happen. It could be the ball deflected off bat, bat flying off batsman's hand, the bails??? Let's be practical and hook those bails onto the top of middle stump so they don't shoot off in all directions on impact. That'll prevent needless injuries like these in the future. Get well soon Boucher!

Posted by yorkshirematt on (July 9, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

Hope he plays in the test series. If England manage to win we want to say we were able to beat south africa's best possible XI so there can be no doubt who is no.1 ;)

Posted by 1234thrydjs on (July 9, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

Boucher clearly didn't see that coming, did he?

England to Win the Series 3-0 weather permitting.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

It is quite unfortunate that at the fag end of his career he had suffered serious injury in his eye. Boucher is a very good WK batsman and more than that a gentleman to the core. I wish him speedy recovery.

Posted by jos_vin on (July 9, 2012, 22:38 GMT)

PLEASE WEAR A HELMET Its very sad to see such accidents takes place in the game.One should always wear a helmet.Now a days you see many of the wicket keepers wear a helmet to keep the wickets for spin bowlers. as they stand close to stumps anything can happen.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

It'd be awful were Boucher to miss his farewell series. Best of luck to him for a super-quick recovery. @Landl: de Villiers *does* have international keeping experience: in fact, he looked decidedly handy against us during his 04-05 debut series, but hasn't kept in Tests since. I'm pretty sure he also kept for SA in a few ODIs as recently as last year, though.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (July 9, 2012, 22:22 GMT)

Hoping Boucher makes a speedy recovery. However he must be extremely doubtful for this test series which I understand was due to be his last. It will now offer an interesting dilemma to the SA selectors do they give the gloves to AB or do they bring in the specialist Tsolekile ? TT didn't look like he was good enough to bat at 7 when he played against Eng in 04/05. SA already have a long tail and i'm not sure they can risk him at 7 as Eng already have a considerable advantage with Bresnan, Broad & Swan likely to bat 8,9,10. Therefore I think its more likely they will give the gloves to AB and play JR at 6 and Dumminy at 7 who is also a useful part time spinner. What do the SA fans think, as you would have seen far more of Tsolekile that me or most other Eng fans, do you think his batting has improved enough to do a job at 7 ?

Posted by TheMightyBradburn on (July 9, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Does Mr Moosajee not have a first name?

Posted by jb633 on (July 9, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

Pretty bad news this for Boucher and SA. It would not be a wise move to have AB keep during the test matches. Test matches require a specialist, to fill the position.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (July 9, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

Hope he gets well enough for the test series. He's been around longer than most.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (July 9, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

A horrible thing to happen to a 'keeper. Fortunately South Africa has two highly capable players who can step in. I can remember de Villiers taking the gloves regularly in the past and doing a good job, while Tsolekile also has international experience. Good luck to Mark Boucher with his recovery.

Posted by shadabsonde on (July 9, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

it's very sad to miss such a great wicketkeeper,& too in his last series,wish him all d best to recover from his injury..............

Posted by PD_Googly on (July 9, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Sppedy Recovery for Boucher, SA Needs a new wicket keeping Voucher

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (July 9, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

Shame for Boucher - the guy's a legend and though I honestly don't think he's been the player he was for some years now, he deserved much better than this for a send-off. I remember his very first series, also here in England when it seemed he had butter-coated wicket-keeping gloves - he dropped almost every ball yet had the uncanny knack of actually holding on when it came off an edge! He also epitomized the real South African fighting spirit, never more so in the famous ODI when chasing down Aussie's mammoth 434. As an opposition, no matter how much you felt on top of a game, you knew you were never quite there until Boucher had been dismissed. Great player. From an English fan who'll miss watching him if he doesn't make this series, good luck Mark and I hope you make a speedy recovery. Jem.

Posted by JG2704 on (July 9, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

All the best to Mark Boucher. To be honest I don't always notice when wicket keepers are wearing or not wearing helmets. I know the women's game is different - much slower paced etc - but Sarah Taylor wears neither a helmet of pads. Not sure you can really make it compulsory for WKs to wear helmets esp if it's not the same for batsmen

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (July 9, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

Wishing Boucher a speedy recovery, I doubt we will see him in the up and coming series, as these injuries can take a long time to heal. It is a shame this happened before the tour really got started. Hopefully ABDV will proove a worthy alternative behind the stumps.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

That is so sad! I was shocked when I read this news! Poor Mark Boucher! He was already left out of the team for the past couple of series and when it was his comeback time, he got injured. I just hope it isn't serious damage! Get well soon!

Posted by CamS71 on (July 9, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

Nasty & freaky injury. Hope he recovers soon.

Posted by Shafin1987 on (July 9, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

bad luck....wish him a quick recovery.

Posted by 5wombats on (July 9, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

This is pretty desperate. Very sorry to hear about this. Was looking forward to watching him play again. Hope everything fixes up soon and we see him in action.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

A helmet would have made no difference - he was struck by a bail not the ball, it would have gone straight through the grill. Let's wish him all the best with his recovery and hope this isn't the end of his career as it would be a sad way for it to end. He deserves the accolade of reaching 150 Test caps.

Posted by SamratSunny on (July 9, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

Very sorry to hear that. Wish Mark Boucher a speedy recovery.

Posted by Tigg on (July 9, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

@The people calling for new rules.

You can't legislate for this. Bails will easily go through a helmet and tieing them to the stumps is just plain silly. A freak and unfortunate occurance. Boucher is a legend but I can't help but think that sticking the gloves on AB and bringing in a better batsman into the XI would make the Saffers stronger.

Posted by landl47 on (July 9, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

That's too bad. I'm not sure a helmet would have prevented the injury- this was a bail, not the ball, and it must have been the end of it that hit his eye to cause that damage. It would likely have gone straight through the helmet grille. It's just bad luck. I hope the surgery is successful and he makes a full recovery. I don't think it would be a good idea for ABD to take over the gloves; keeping in tests is a very different job from keeping in ODIs and to do it with no experience is asking for trouble. Tsolekile was going to be here anyway, he should be brought in.

Posted by wibblewibble on (July 9, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

We can lend you Kieswetter for the tests, but we want him back for the ODIs.

On a more serious note, so unfortunate for Boucher - I hope he makes a speedy, and more importantly, FULL recovery. Eyesight is something we take for granted until it is impaired.

Posted by jackthelad on (July 9, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

Great player, sad if this really a serious injury (though, that being said, the skin around the eyes bleeds readilly and isn't often serious). Hope he can recover enough to play, England don't want to win against a team that can claim one of their best players was unable to take the field ... :-)

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

God please give him a quick recovery!

Posted by Xolile on (July 9, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

Tsolekile is not the solution. He is tidy with the gloves but his batting is significantly below par. The best option would be to bring in De Kock. He has genuine talent. He could be the next Gilchrist. The quicker we get him in the team the better. But please, please, please, not Tsolekile.

Posted by braindead_rocker on (July 9, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Hope he gets well soon..Eye injuries are very significant. Definitely need to wear helmet at all times or ICC can make some kind of facial mask like in baseball or ice hockey.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Very sad...We need to have helmets like Baseball Keepers. Also, like to remind about the Helmet which Dinesh Karthik uses while keeping close.. He uses it in all matches while keeping close.. We need to make such kind of helmets Mandatory...

Posted by KDLarsen on (July 9, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

A terrible shame if Boucher has to miss out on the test series, he really deserves it after all he's done.

As for using a helmet, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have changed a thing. There's still a bit enough gap in those for the bails to penetrate - and unless they've changed them in recent years, they won't stop a ball either. Just ask poor Daniel Flynn!

Posted by InsideHedge on (July 9, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Wearing a helmet all day cannot be fun, while I regret Boucher wasn't wearing some protection, the game looks so ugly with all these players padded up like they're playing American Football or racing F1 cars. Bravo to those who take the field and are identifiable!!

Finally, a better alternative than a helmet is a face mask like the ones worn in US Baseball. I believe the Indian Women's wicket keeper is wearing such equipment in the ongoing series against England Women.

Posted by InsideHedge on (July 9, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

@Divakar Chandrasekhar: I think you'll find that Paul Downton suffered an eye injury while keeping long before Saba Karim :)

Posted by Stark62 on (July 9, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

This is a heart breaking story, considering it was his last time of playing cricket before retirement!!

I wish him a speedy recovery and hope the injury isn't too serious.

Who will keep for SA? They need a pure keeper because the amount of swing available in English conditions will make it very difficult for a make shift wicket keeper like AB.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

This is not the first instance of such an injury, England and Middlesex wicketkeeper Paul Downton suffered the same sort of bail-inflicted eye injury from a direct hit in 1990. Ended his career. Since then, youngsters in English club cricket HAVE to wear helmets... as do all wicketkeepers when standing up to spin bowling. Sad incident this, but avoidable. Good luck Bouch, get well soon.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 9, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Poor Boucher. Very very Sad news. Hope it is not so serious and will trouble his vision in future. May god blessing help you recover soon. Take care.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

for all company who make cricket game like ea and codies plz add helment to wc

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 9, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Wish him a speedy recovery. You gotta wonder why WK's don't wear helmets (enough) in England...

Posted by Selassie-I on (July 9, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Shame, last chance to see a great player.... not the ideal way to end your career. realy feel for him.

Posted by therealutopianindigent on (July 9, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

South Africa actually needs another fighting batsman more than another wicketkeeper, if Boucher is gone. This is England, people, the tests will be about batting toughness and I'm afraid it's being underestimated. We need Gary Kirsten incarnate. But do we have another batsman like that???

Boucher is the Iron Man but even he should wear a helmet close to the wicket - he has just proven that the rule, which is applied at school level, should have been applied here as well. Spinners at this level rip the ball at 100km/h, it's foolish to let him stand unprotected like that. A very expensive oversight - we needed Boucher on this tour.

We can beat England but not if we underestimate them. They have just "bullied" Australia into submission. Strauss & Co are hard men, many of them hardened in the African sun themselves...ooh Boucher...I hope he's alright.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Why he wasn't wearing a helmet? It be compulsory when standing close to the keeper. Hope he recovers fast.

Posted by Abrar_Crazy4Cricket on (July 9, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Tough week for the keepers first adnan akmal got injured now Bouchers. most wicket keepers nowadays use helmet as a precaution. Huge Blow for SA an excellent gloveman and reliable Batsmen

Posted by whatawicket on (July 9, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

dont think they will miss him.was quite pleased when he was selected.his best days are passed. but wish him well in his recovery.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

We Miss u Boucher......Action T20 tooo...take rest...AB need a big work on England pitches

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

I really hope Mark gets up and running soon...

Posted by loveofthelovelygame on (July 9, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Dear ALL/Cricinfo, As it was in mind , i would like to raise a solution/idea for this type of event not to occur if we can use a 'thread' or any thing else one feet long to bind bails for not to raise above certaaint limit and hence avoid any such injury , ICC should made a rule like in 3rd umpire run out decision case where raise bail considered dislodged at least at international level. I hope you will forward to ICC.

Posted by Tjoeps on (July 9, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Bad luck Mark! Best wishes, hope the op is successful and you recuperate well!

Posted by binojpeter on (July 9, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

I guess that wicketkeepers should wear glasses no matter what. Big lesson.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Wearing helmets must be made compulsory for keepers. I still remember what happened to Saba Karim and since then every keeper has begun wearing helmets when keeping wickets for spinners. It is very dangerous to keep wickets without helmet on. This could have been avoided had MB worn helmet.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

sad to hear this that too at the twilight of career when news of he be retiring soon. Hope this is not something which will inflict him for long.Wishing a happy recovery

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

oh tough one, Get well soon Mark....

Posted by HumungousFungus on (July 9, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

Mindful of the fact that Paul Downton's career was ended prematurely by a very similar incident, I hope that this is not too serious, and wish Mark a speedy recovery.

Posted by 777aditya on (July 9, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

helmets should be made compulsory for wicketkeepers - I still remember Syed Saba Karim being struck by a vicious Kumble snorter - this can be avoided guys, not macho to not wear a helmet, just risky. Boucher being so experienced should know better - seeing in the photo, it appears he was standing at the stumps - get well soon though!

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

wish you a speedy recovery Mark Boucher....praying for a true cricketer..

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (July 9, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Why cant ab dveiliers take over the wicketkeeping

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Hope he's okay and makes a quick recovery! Next time please wear a helmet.

Posted by Bramblefly on (July 9, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

What an awful thing to happen to anyone playing the game and such bad luck. Hoping for the best for Mark's surgery tonight. I also hope that we might see something of him on this tour. One of the great glovesmen of recent years and it would be a huge shame if his career ended this way.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Sending good wishes - Boucher's been a class act for years, be a gross injustice for him to go out like this.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (July 9, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

Any injury is bad but such a relatively freak thing as this? Most keepers already wear helmets when up to the stumps, even for spinners. I'd imagine that any who didn't already will be after this. Could this potentially mean the end of Boucher's career? I've been hearing rumblings about him for a while and any extended absence at this point might be the last straw.

Posted by CapeTowna on (July 9, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

I would have liked Boucher to play in this series. I respect what he has done for South Africa, and I am part of the group of fans that think it is time for him to go. But he has served Country well and no one would wish him to suffer such a blow, or to exit in a tour match when he was planned for the full tour.

Hopefully he gets well and does get to eventually play in a farewell match.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Get well soon Boucher!!! -SL Fans-

Posted by hammad.thebest on (July 9, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

oh feeling sad for bouchy . a great wicky.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Thats a bad incident, might rule him out for ever, My favorite glove man of all time. I pray for a speedy recovery.

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (July 9, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

Oh my word, more serious than what i thought on reading the headline. BTW it is absurd to burden the best batsman in the world AB de Villiers with role of 2nd wk. A 2nd wk should have been in eng from the start. All the best Mark, come back

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