South Africa in England 2012

Eye injury ends Boucher's career

Firdose Moonda in Taunton

July 10, 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 has retired from international cricket after undergoing surgery on the severe eye injury he sustained on the opening day against Somerset. Boucher admitted he faces an "uncertain recovery" after his three-hour operation on Monday evening.

Boucher had to leave the field at the end of the 46th over of Somerset's innings on Monday when a googly from Imran Tahir hit the stumps and a dislodged bail struck Boucher in the left eye. He was diagnosed with a lacerated eyeball and he will return to South Africa as soon as he is able to travel.

In a statement read out by Graeme Smith, Boucher said: "It is with sadness, and in some pain, that I make this announcement. Due to the severity of my eye injury, I will not be able to play international cricket again.

"I had prepared for this UK tour as well, if not better than I have prepared for any tour in my career. I had never anticipated announcing my retirement now, but circumstances have dictated differently. I have a number of thank you's to make to people who have made significant contributions during my International career, which I will do in due course.

"For now I would like to thank the huge number of people, many of whom are strangers, for their heartfelt support during the past 24 hours. I am deeply touched by all the well wishes. I wish the team well in the UK, as I head home and onto a road of uncertain recovery."

Smith also spoke on behalf of the team: "Bouch, we have walked a long road together, and we are saddened to part under these circumstances," he said. "For the 14 years of your international career, you have been a true Proteas warrior, a patriotic South African, a fighter who asks nothing and gives everything. You have been a 100 percenter for this team.

"You have been more than a performer, you have been a motivator, an inspirer, an energizer… and a good friend to many. You leave us today with sad hearts, but also with a deep gratitude for your contributions to our team, and to us as people. The fighting spirit you brought to team remains with us. We wish you a good as possible recovery from your injury. As we bid you a farewell as an International cricketer and wish you well for your future, we keep you as a friend and respected Proteas warrior."

This tour to England was set to be his final duty for South Africa and the Lord's Test would have been his 150th appearance. Boucher will end on 998 international dismissals, including 555 from 147 Tests, which is a record. He also took a catch in the field against West Indies when AB de Villiers was keeping.

"The extent of the eye injury can be described as severe. The eyeball (globe of the eye) was repaired during the operation," Mohammed Moosajee, the South Africa manager, told ESPNcricinfo earlier on Tuesday. "The long-term prognosis at this stage remains unknown. He will return home as soon as able to travel and the selectors will announce a replacement shortly."

The South Africa selectors will name a replacement for Boucher on Wednesday. Thami Tsolekile, earmarked as the successor to Boucher and nationally contracted from April 1, is the likeliest candidate to be called up. However, the coach Gary Kirsten said AB de Villiers would take the gloves for the first Test at The Oval.

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. He last played for South Africa in 2004 when he represented the country in three Tests including one against England at Port Elizabeth.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Sanjeev_i4u on (July 13, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Very sad news indeed..............

Posted by   on (July 12, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

Good luck in your future career Mr Boucher. Sorry it had to end this way.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

why to left helmet keeping close to the wicket?i wish a good recovery for bouch!!!

Posted by   on (July 12, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

Shame what a way to go, as a result of a hell of an unfortunate freak event. All the best for his retirement.

Posted by rush_kiwi on (July 12, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

Boucher was the best wicketkeeper and very gentlemanly cricketer, never saw him in any nneccesary trouble.I always saw Kallis,boucher and smith as package deal for SA, IT really hurts to see him like that.Best wishes to him, team and family. hope to see u at least in commentry box.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

998 dismissals ........ felled at the final hurdle

Posted by   on (July 11, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

This has to be one of the saddest and most unfortunate incidents to have happened --- wishing Mark Boucher the speediest and healthiest of recoveries and may God be with him and his family in these tough times

Posted by ammarhassan on (July 11, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

what a tragic end, I pray for his complete recovery (an advise for all the keepers standing up "always wear a helmet"

Posted by Noboundary on (July 11, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

Very unfortunate incident. Only a month ago one of our club's finest batsman was hot right on the eyeball and suffered fractures to the facial bone surrounding the eye. The eyeball was not ruptured and he has made good recovery since then. I think bail is a smaller and sharper object and hence this unfortunate incident. One common feature of both the incidents: the players were not wearing helmets. I am sure a helmet would have saved in both the cases. It is time that helmet is made mandatory for batsmen and close in fielders...certainly the wicket keeper... irrespective of the bowling type.... Wish Boucher a speedy and full recovery.

Posted by Haresh_26 on (July 11, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

This is very sad to end a Cricketing career, Boucher you are not alone I pray that God's healing power shall prevail on you.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 11, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

Very sad news. I didn't realise until this morning it was a bail, and not the ball that hit him, but hey what does that matter - such a freak incident... Wish him a speedy, successful recovery, and I'll really miss him in the SA team. Bless you Boucher, you are a legend!

Posted by   on (July 11, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

He is one of the best wicketkeeper in the world. It is unfortunate for the rest of his life. May God bless him early and speedy recovery.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (July 11, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

"When the moment comes and the gathering stands and the clock turns back to reflect, On the years of grace as those footsteps trace for the last time out of the act, Well this way of life's recollection, the hallowed strip in the haze The fabled men and the noonday sun are much more than just yarns of their days." Quote Roy Harper : When an old Cricketer leaves the crease.

Posted by tjsimonsen on (July 11, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

This is desperately sad news and I can only hope he makes a full recovery and eventually be able to enjoy his retirement! He may have been overshadowed by Gilchrist in much of his career and by Prior in recent years. But as a WICKETKEEPER-batsman he was one of the greatest of all time - right up there with Alan Knott and Jeff Dujon. Gilchrist, Prior and most other modern glovemen were/are BATSMEN-wicketkeepers, not the other way around.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

nothing to say :(, just best wishes, get well soon

Posted by akelumw on (July 11, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

It's very unfortunate to see you a top quality player like him bows out under these circumstances. Wish you a speedy recovery and good bye Mark..... And thanks for all the entertainment you've given on the cricket field for many years...........

Posted by   on (July 11, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Well Mark wish you best in your future life...........It is event to see you out of the game like this..........may God Bless you...........

Posted by jafir123 on (July 11, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

love u, JAAN...WILL MISS U AGAINST ENGLAND. good luck A.B.....

Posted by DRABU007 on (July 11, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

Hope you make a speedy recovery and an amazing come back( I hope!!! sincerely) Fortune favours the brave

Posted by WildAmigo on (July 11, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

Very sad for Me and Cricket lovers all over the world for Boucher to leave cricket like this.. Great Wkt for SA.. Hope to recover soon

Posted by   on (July 11, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Marc Boucher is one of the Cricketers I highly respect and enjoy for maintaining the spirit of this wonderful game. I have never seen any outburst or bullying any other players from Marc. His eye injury and retirement form international cricket is indeed shocking and we are really going to miss him. I wish him a speedy recovery

Posted by   on (July 11, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

Tragic end of great career, Mark Boucher was truly a great cricketer.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

Great player, Great character, Great fighter. We surely miss you.

Posted by Teetus on (July 11, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

As a West Indian fan, we hated when you came to the wicket to bat because getting you out was always a difficult task! I am truly sorry to hear about such a tragedy happening at this stage of your great career......... You are in my prayers Mark and thank you for your contribution to cricket. May God continue to bless and heal you in this difficult time. Much love from St. John's Antigua.

Posted by Paulk on (July 11, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

Best Wishes towards a full recovery of your eye sight Mark. A great career ended by a freak accident. The response of teammates and the expression on Jacques Kallis face at the press conference says it all - what he meant to the team as a person first. Hope to hear good news of your recovery soon.

Posted by insightfulcricketer on (July 11, 2012, 2:05 GMT)

Wicket-keeping is always a thankless job and to rub in are these seriouinjuries. I remember watching a match when Pakistan's Salim Yousuf wicket keeper got socked right in the middle of his mouth by a Abdul Qadir googly and him spitting out teeth onto the ground. Keeping to leg spinners in contrast to an off spinner is more hazardous. Time to make some kind of visor which is light and can block the ball as well as minimze direct facial contact. Mark is a fighter and will definitely shake it off.As a cricket fan I wish a speedy and complete recovery.

Posted by Simoc on (July 11, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

Let us hope the eye makes a full recovery of sight for Mark. A great career and excellent numbers to match. Well done.

Posted by Silverbails on (July 11, 2012, 0:05 GMT)

What a SAD way for Bouch's brilliant career come to a close. It was always so dispiriting to the opposition when he came to the crease, mostly with only the tail to shepherd!! But, how well he batted could be judged by the way the opposition reacted if and when they could get him out!! And, as for being the No. 1 Gloveman in the history of the game, yeah, difficult to see who could come close. Perhaps only Ape Knott from England and Marshy and Gilly from the Aussies could match him for sheer agility and athleticism in recent memory. Hope the eye recovers quickly, and that the future burns brightly for you Bouchy...All the Best to you and the family...and thanx for all your sterling efforts for Team SA over the years...It'd be really great to pass on those gloveman/ batsmanship skills to the next generation of talented proteas cricketers...

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

All the best! Hope he gets his sight back and make it 1000 dismissals!

Posted by wasimahm on (July 10, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

A true Test great in wicket-keeping terms.Certainly deserved a better farewell.Mark, what's happened to you has saddened many.Wishing you all the very best in whatever you do.

Love, A fan from India

Posted by lilyblackcapsfan on (July 10, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

Boucher has been amazing for the Proteas. He's had a wonderful career, and I wish him the best in recovery. :')

Posted by NAP73 on (July 10, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

Terrible for Saf preparation and I worry about the effect on AB's batting if he is made keeper. England seems to meet a lot of teams when they are on the slide or have important injuries. I really worry about the depth of international cricket in future years.

Posted by sonicattack on (July 10, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Awful way to go, always admired your tenacity, best of luck for the future.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 22:00 GMT)

One of the best wicket-keeping batsmen of all times. A true fighter. And last of Hansie Cronje's comrades. Boucher deserved a better send off. This is a huge loss for cricket and SA.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

Such a shame and a such an unheard of way to cause a career ending injury. Don't forget on top of the 998 wicket keeping dismissals and 1 caught in the outfield. He also has one test wicket! Surely that adds up to 1000 dismissals!

Posted by gtzshotta on (July 10, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

Sad that it had to end this way for a classy cricketer. Get well Mark!!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

Very sad end to a commendable carrier. God bless you Bouch ! We the fans of the Game of Cricket Pray for a warrior like you to get well soon. Dhoni, watch out buddy, Fans will not like to see another freakish accident to any other wicket keeper for that matter.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

God bless and here's hoping you recover. The grit and determination you show on the field will help you in this time of need. Best of luck from Trinidad and the West Indies.

Posted by Lipoflegend on (July 10, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

You have been the face of the South African team for me for the last decade and a half. You are a klegend to me and many other fans - thanks for your awesome efforts.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

SAD day of cricket!!!! :(:(:(!!!!!!! Boucher a great cricket icon!!! not having more words!!! may god bless and give u a speedy recovery!!! Love the way u played!!! a true fighter for sure!! a great cricketer!!! I am an INDIAN !!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

Get well soon Mark and do not give up hope of a full recovery. Among the GREATS of South African Cricket, some about whom we only heard but we saw you and you will be missed. You stand tall among Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards, Peter Pollock, Kallis, Smith, Dennis Lindsay, Mike Proctor, Amla, Donald, Gary Kirsten, Shawn Pollock and many more and not necessarily in the order I wrote. May God be with you and hope to see you recovered and playing again.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

Great cricketer... Plenty of great memories.

Posted by Madhavan.Varun on (July 10, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Hope he recovers soon... Just shocking...

Also am hoping ICC makes wearing helmets strict for keepers up close, batsmen and certain fielding positions...

Posted by henrystephen on (July 10, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

It's seems terribly unfair that someone who has given so much to cricket has to bow out in this way. Many of us used to hope that he would be dismissed, as we all knew that SA would fight on while he was at the crease. But today we will all be supporting him.

Posted by SCC08 on (July 10, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

Mark Boucher - Thank you for being the fighter that you have always been for South Africa. True Legend, True Hero to many.. Tragic end to your career, you deserved a proper send off. all the best with your recovery.

Posted by KiwiPom on (July 10, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

Always gave his best when it was sorely needed. Hopefully this injury will not handicap him for his plan B whatever that might be.

Posted by garibaldi on (July 10, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

What a sad way for a great sportsman to have to retire. A great player and worthy opponent: he will be sorely missed. Let's hope he has a speedy recovery and maybe has a chance to be involved with coaching or commentary one day.

Posted by kitten on (July 10, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

Mark, you were always a fantastic W/K, and also a very useful batsman. I will certainly miss seeing you in SA colours. However, thanks for the wonderful memories, and at the same time, I will pray for your full recovery, and I wish you and your family all the very best.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

Sad! Especially considering in his international carreer alone he must have been behind the stumps for more that 26000-30000 balls in tests (180 overs a test) and + 40000 ODI (if average 40 oversper match). In that time apart from maybe a broken fingure ( and an incident where he cut his finger while eating a south african delicacy in NZ ) he has never been injured by cricket ball.

Don't think helmet is the answer. a Bail could still get through. Safety Glasses maybe. But it was really a freak accident and apart from a ball coming of an top edge to spinner and hitting the keeper i have never seen such an injury.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Farewell to one of the best sportsmen of all time. Though its saddening that he missed the feat of a thousand international cricket dismissals. Wishing him the best of health and future.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Certainly a Proteas warrior and this is a saddened way to exit ODI.. greats of South African Cricket..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

Mark Boucher. A great wall of cricket like great wall of China. A man with all heroic acts during his career in both type of gloves. A born to fight with all kind of cricket. We will miss you Boucher, and pray for best future all the time every time 24X7X365

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

What an unceremonious exit for a world class keeper! Keepers are the most unsung members of the team and Boucher performed his part effortlessly for SA after the retirement of Richardson.. Will miss his presence on the field.. Boucher, hope you return in some form and give it back to the game.. Cheers and Get well soon!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Very sad news. Protected glasses must be mandatory with immediate effect for keepers specially when they are keeping against spinners.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

Get well soon Boucher! You are one of the last of the all time South African greats I grew up with. Thank you for all the moments.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

you are really a super hero for south african team and you are the best. wish u best of luck for your operation

Posted by krik8crazy on (July 10, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

I wish Boucher a swift and complete recovery. He is a great cricketer and team player.

Posted by JG2704 on (July 10, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

On a happier note , I'll always remember Boucher helping see SA home chasing 400+ down vs Aus in that ODI thriller several years ago.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

Wearing helmets against spinners should be made mandatory.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

so sad to hear that.... For sure, Boucher is a good cricketer... we wish you recover from this injury soonest...and wish that you will be able to play international cricket once again...All the very best

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

One of the greats of South African Cricket. A very special man

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Saba Karim had to end his career after sustaining an eye injury and now Boucher ! Its time ICC makes it mandatory for keepers to wear helmets / protective glasses at all times.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

Legendary player. Huge Loss. You will be missed badly Mark. Hope you get better soon and join us back on the field in some form or another

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

This is most unfortunate. Will miss your presence in the world of cricket.

Posted by Dhumper on (July 10, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Always admired Boucher - great talent. Such a good batsman too. Wish him all the best. But this is not the way to go - organize a charity game when he is back and have him keep one last time. That would be the way to go for a guy like him!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Two talented wicket keepers retired in this week. Taibu chose his fate and Boucher has bowed to his destiny. Both are god's choices but very unfortunate ones.

Posted by Shafin1987 on (July 10, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

Get well soon.u r a fighter...........i m sure that u will b successful this time also.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

All the best mate. The heart, soul, body and mind in the CSA. I am sure he will be back on on the field very soon. He is very deternine individual. Dont give up God is great.

Posted by bored_iam on (July 10, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Boucher and Gilchrist: The two pioneers of the modern-age wicketkeeper-batsmen. Have a wonderful retirement bouch! Wish u a speedy recovery!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

a true Proteas warrior, one of the best glovemen mark u will be missed

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

disastrous end !! hope he will be fine soon

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

Its a shocking to hear about the end of an excellent cricketer's career who holds the record for the max number of dismissals behind the stumps in cricket history....We all pray for a rapid recovery for mark boucher.....

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Its terrible to hear what has happened - its not about cricket and stats anymore, its Mark Boucher the human being. Really wish and pray that you have a speedy recovery and have a normal vision. God Bless.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

Mark Boucher is a very fine cricketer. I wish him a complete recovery and hope he will soon return to International Cricket!

Posted by MVRMurty on (July 10, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Hats off Boucher for raising the bar. I will thoroughly miss you. I feel very sad for the way you are retiring. I SALUTE you as a human, then a cricketer and YOU WILL REMAIN GREAT in my soul. Though I am not a South African, it makes me very proud for the effort you put on the field; you are gem of a cricketer. Congratulations on the MARVELOUS cricket you have played through these years. I wish you safe and happy recovery. Good luck for your future.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Sad and painful end to a glittering international career. It seemed that he had a good 3-4 years to go.... I think ICC should learn from such incidents where 1 small accident can be a life changing one (refer Saba Karim's accident). They should make wearing of eye protection for keepers mandatory. SAFETY FIRST!!! (Especially when we already have the solutions)

Posted by Bramblefly on (July 10, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Respect to Mark for a great career. I hope that the surgery is fully successful and the future is bright for him.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Absolutely gutted that this has happened to Bouch. A terrible way to end such a remarkable career - one which will be difficult to surpass. But above all, gutted about the injury. I wish him all the best in his recovery. And thank him for his service to the South African and World game. #Legend

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Wishing a great warrior of his country the best possible recovery....get well soon.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Its sad but it was time for him to go. He really was awesome wicket keeper and great batsman on his day.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

lost a good player in a very unfortunate way.wish him all the best for rest of his life

Posted by mohammedafif36 on (July 10, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

We are lucky to have witnessed such an elegant patient player. I hope you get well soon.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

What a sad way to end a great cricket career. Mark, you were certainly one of the greatest to have ever to play this great game. As a wicketkeeper you had 999 international dismissals and just 1 away from an unprecedented milestone. Late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's who played his whole cricketing career with just one eye, hope his career is of some inspiration foryou to reconsider your decision. We all know keeping is a different ball game. I am sure the whole cricketing world will pray for your speedy recovery and would like to see you back in action. All the very best

Posted by AshSA7 on (July 10, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

A true legend, a great cricketer and a true sportsman..........this is truly unfortunate news and surely he deserved better than this as a way to retire after all the committment and years given to SA cricket.

You truly will be missed Bouch, and no matter who ever goes past your record, you still hold it in my eyes as well as the rest of your fans across the globe.

Wish you a speedy recovery.

Cheers and thank you for all the great moments.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

So sad to hear this news....Big loss to cricket.... I really wonder why he is not wearing a hemlet while keeping up to the stumps.... Careful wicketkeepers ......

Posted by Gordo85 on (July 10, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

I call this just plain old bad luck. I was looking forward to this England tour. May you get better soon and hopefully you will be able to get your sight back in that eye. To me you were the best wicketkeeper I have ever seen at International level. You and Darren Berry are the best two I have ever seen in my life. Take Care.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

Another premature end of a talent to cricket. Wishing you a speedy recovery Bouchy. And best wishes for future endeavours. ! - Your fan from India

Posted by Kimiiceman on (July 10, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Excellent Cricketer.one of the best Wicket Keeper Batsmen in the modern Era along with Adam Gilchrist. Miss you Boucher on the field.Get well Soon.

Posted by lakshitha.jayakody on (July 10, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

what a sorrowful retirement for the greatest wicketkeeper. He was only 02 dismissals away from the 1000th one!!! Thanks Mark, for the great service you rendered for SA as well international cricket.

Posted by funkyandy on (July 10, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

In the cricket dictionary, next to 'fighter' is a picture of Mark Boucher. Strange how he and Tatenda Taibu ended their cricket careers on the same day - theres a great sledging incident between the two of them on You Tube.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

A sad loss for cricket.. a very talented wicketkeeper.. wishing a speedy recovery

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Two Words only " Respect & Legendary " Mark Boucher from India

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Great cricketer- what a loss to International Cricket! you did your job buddy and you did it well!

Posted by Sidcrico on (July 10, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Wish you a speedy and full recovery!!! Will miss you on the field though Mark.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Legendary Cricketer Mark Boucher has announced retirement from International Cricket

Posted by ashangamage on (July 10, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

we will pray for your speedy recovery-Sri Lankan

Posted by coolankur on (July 10, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

sad end to a teriffic career .... You were one of my cricketing idols and it was a pleasure to see u always impeccable behind the stumps and your gritty knocks made my day ... Hope u recover well and attain normal vision ... Will miss u a lot and will cherish your memories like a treasure ... Thanks a lot mark god bless and hoping to c u soon

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

A true warrior - right up there with Gilchrist, Sangakkara, Prior & Dhoni as one of the great counter-attacking keeper-batsmen of the age. Best wishes for a full & speedy recovery, Mark: you'll be missed.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Horrible way to go out. I just hope he doesn't lose his sight in that eye.

Posted by Puffin on (July 10, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

what a sad and horribly unlucky way to end a glittering international career. we can only wish him good luck and a speedy recovery, perhaps he can still offer the cricket world something in future. He obviously knows a thing or two about wicketkeeping, so perhaps he can pass it on.

as for precautions about this happening again, well perhaps it needs looking into.

Posted by masterollie on (July 10, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

First, wishing him a speedy, full recovery. Second, as an England fan I'm gutted that I won't be able to see him play live one last time this summer. CSA may find another keeper but they'll have a real job replaing his have-a-go fighting spirit. Enjoy your (early) retirement sir, you've earned it.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

You Sacrificed Your Eye to Cricket!!What Great Asset For the Cricket You Are!! Thanks For The Entertainment!! I Still Remember The Winning Run In World Record Chase!! You Own 999 Dismissal's In Intl Cricket!! Really Your'e Great Ambassador Of Cricket!! Wishes to a Real Fighter Of a Cricket From All Srilankans!! Mark Boucher #Legend#

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

I am so sorry to read of Mark accident forcing him to return home. He has been a great ambassador for this wonderful sport and I wish him a speedy recovery and I hope eventually a return to matches in SA. I remember some of his memorable matches in the early years and he has given a lot to the game. All the very best Mark - kindest regards. Pamela

Posted by azhar_hassan on (July 10, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Sad to see such a great cricketer and contributor to the game have to depart in such a manner. Wish him a full and speedy recovery and the very best for the future. Will miss watching him on the cricket field.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

well future is always been uncertain for all us. Boucher was planning for this tour for a long time.Who knew whats in store for him except lord. hats off to his wonderful career. Ha always shown a fighting spirit.

Posted by cricmahanty on (July 10, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

A sad way to bow out of cricket. I've been watching him ever since I got into cricket. His retirement was sort of coming anyway, but to go out with a damaged eye is really painful to know. Hope you get well soon, Bouch.

You've given a lot to the game and been a perfect ambassador for your country.

Posted by Singh_SA on (July 10, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

A really sad way to see the career of a true legend end, Boucher will certainly be one of the best cricketer's never to have won a World Cup.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

RESPECT! Such an amazing career it was. 1000 international dismissals.. not a joke. That truly speaks about your contribution.

Posted by Riderstorm on (July 10, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

In the era of wicket-keeping mediocrity, gilly and boucher stand tall as modern legends with their keeping and batting skills. Add to that, never say never attitude of these guys makes the game of cricket a joy to watch. Thanks for all the great moments boucher. Wish you a speedy and complete recovery.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

One of my favorite cricketers and it is very sad to see he had to end his career this way. Anyways he played his last act doing what he loves doing best. Get Well Soon Mark Boucher. You will be truly missed.. Hats Off !!

Posted by IlMagnifico on (July 10, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

I'm sorry this happened to you Mr. Boucher. Hope you recover quickly and fully. Your 999 dismissals will be another reminder to us that cricket has a cruel way of denying round-figures to the truly great ones.....Be good now.

Posted by adson80 on (July 10, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

stranded on 998 dismissals :( thank you Mark Boucher

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

We really are gonna miss you Bouchy... May you recover asap, and may create a miracle of returning back.... May all the spirits be with you.....

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Hope you will get well soon!!! You are a real fighter, cricket world will miss you!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

To Mark - I am, as are many others, so sad to hear of your dreadful accident and the end of your international career. I hope that you will at least eventually be able to take part in home matches in SA. You will be missed by your colleagues who will of course be there to support you on your road to recovery. With many best wishes and thank you for bringing such enjoyment to many fans of cricket. All the very best. With kindest regards Pamela

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

He is the among the best wicket keeper international cricket ever have.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (July 10, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Dear Great Boucher,,,good wishes for you form my Pakistan...still i have in mind your best catches....soon you gona be more record,,,,but we feel sorry for u....we miss you ,,,,,we love u ,,God will bless you good eye recovery soon...Ameen

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Awesome Wicket-keeper.....South Africa will have to struggle for along time to fill the deficiency

Posted by sweetspot on (July 10, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Get well soon, please. This is all I can wish for you, dear Mark Boucher. You have given us many special moments on the cricket field, and you have been fantastic for SA. We have enjoyed all of it, and as a cricket fan, I am grateful, deeply grateful. In the thankless job of wicketkeeping you have excelled, and have been such a great ambassador to the sport as well, other than your nation. Prayers for a full and speedy recovery and a wonderful life ahead.

Posted by torsha on (July 10, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

OMG! I hope he will be fine. He is my favorite wicket-keeper along with MSD. I will miss you Mark :(

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Bouchie. Hope you make a full recovery! best wicketkeepers of all time for me

Posted by p77gin on (July 10, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

This is a blow! :-( Have always been a great admirer of yours, and wish you a speedy recovery. Cricket or not, I sincerely hope your eyesight is affected!

Maybe ICC should mandate helmets with grills for wicketkeepers, specially when standing up to the wickets! No point in having another such freak accident!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Cricket, particularly SA, miss u badly boucher. Such a best wicketkeeper u are. Anyway, wishing u speedy recovery and expecting u in the commentator's boc

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 10, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

We will miss you big time and hope Heino Kuhn will be your suitable replacement

Posted by vak1997 on (July 10, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

very unfortunate!! it isn't a happy ending. i'm really touched with this. feels really like crying :'( i'm sorry Mark Boucher.. congrats for holding the record for most dismissals. 999!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Sad to see you go. I always enjoyed watching your energy express itself with bat and gloves. Get well soon & all the best.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Cricket will Miss you!! :(

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

You were a fantastic Player. Respect from Pakistan ! I hope you will contribute to the cricket I will pray for your speedy recovery

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (July 10, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

I was sad to hear of his injury to the eye, which has forced him to prematurely retire from the game. A wonderful cricketer, from the country the produces the best cricketers, South Africa. I wish Mark Boucher the very best for the future and a speedy recovery from the eye injury.

Posted by AncientAstronaut on (July 10, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Boucher seems to have been around for as long as I've been following cricket, so it's sad to see him go, especially in this cruel manner. Hope he doesn't lose vision in his injured eye. Man, I can't help but wonder this: Why wasn't he wearing a helmet?!

Posted by Beertjie on (July 10, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Desperately sad end, Bouchie. Hope you make a full recovery! Andrew Harries, you make good points. With Rudolph + Duminy able to play together, the SA batting is actually stronger without Boucher and since they both bowl spin, De Lange can play at Leeds (where Tahir will likely be superfluous).

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Hope he gets a quick recovery and might return international cricket again <3 <3 <3 Boucher <3 <3 <3

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Mark .. U must be one of the most unsung heroes despite what u have achieved .... Pppl still remember Gibbs' innings in that mammoth run chase of 434 but i jst cant forget the contribution u made in the end to get to 438 with the last few wickets ... Thats wat i mean by unsung ... hats off

Posted by maddy20 on (July 10, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Never expected a the career of one of the greatest wicketkeepers ever to end this way. You along with Gilly will be one of the best wicketkeepers of all time for me. Best wishes for your recovery and future.

Posted by marlon17 on (July 10, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Proteas will missed Boucher soo badly...:( :( One of the best wicket keeper in the world.... Hats off to true cricketing legend ... Wish u a speedy recovery Boucher..!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

This is very sad ending of your career. As such no one wants any cricketer to retire like you. I pray for you to recover soon.

You will come back soon!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

I wish Boucher continued success in his future endeavour. He had been a fine cricketer. Its indeed very tragic how he bows out of the international cricket, really an unfortunate circumstances. Had I been the President of South African board, I would have made sure that he would have played at least two more tests to complete his 1000 international appearances and to move from 555 wickets which is considered nelson in cricket, although it does not matter anyways. He has done what nobody else did. Highest number of dismissals. I think its quite usual that great cricketers retire in tragic fashion. I remember how Inzamam and Shoaib Akhter were retired. But they have contributed well, and that's all matters.

Posted by wasim_007 on (July 10, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Miss you Boucher....a great Player...warrior ...Wishing you speedy recovery....

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

We'll miss you Boucher, Get well soon. Note to all the wicket keepers, please wear saftey glasses while wicket keeping.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

I hope this is not permanent damage. Forget his cricket career, he has the rest of his life. This is terrible and shocking news. Maybe keepers should wear goggles from now on.

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

Mr. Boucher, we feel so sorry for you. so sad to hear this news, hope and pray for your early recovery and also hope for a miracle..

Posted by JG2704 on (July 10, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Can only echo most comments and hope that Boucher recovers full sight so he can live an uncompromised life

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

A sad end to one of the truly legendary careers of our time. Wish from the bottom of my heart that the eye which foresaw the highest number of dismissals is healed to its fullest. Respect, Mark Boucher. And thanks for everything.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

so sad.we love you boucher..........get well soon.

Posted by brusselslion on (July 10, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

One of the great wicketkeeper batsmen. We can only hope that he makes a full recovery from this unfortunate injury.

Posted by umairanique on (July 10, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

*boucher* u r not only of south africa ..u r the hero of cricket....my prayers r with u ..u will come..u won our heart and respect..

Posted by applethief on (July 10, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

Such a shame - hope he has a swift and full recovery. Will miss watching Boucher play, a truly amazing cricketer

Posted by sk12 on (July 10, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Some ppl say its terrible luck. I think the injury hit him at a near perfect time, at his career sunset. He might have lost an year or so had it happenned few years earlier or might have never played again at all. Of course I would pray there isnt any major damage done here.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

He was really "A man to go to war with, but never against". Thank you boucher for some great moments,we will miss you.

Posted by wasim_007 on (July 10, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Will miss you...you were my favorite since ....loved a lot your keeping...very agile on field ...Wishing you speedy recovery....and wish you all the best for life.....

Posted by kasyapm on (July 10, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Always liked Boucher, his performances and his commitment. Sad to see him retire in such a situation. Hope this causes no permanent damage and he gets back to good health soon..from an Indian fan.

Posted by liaqathussain on (July 10, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

what a shame,, wish u a speedy recovery from pak, the team u made u debut against and almost won the test,

love u brother

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (July 10, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

Boucher is great great cricketer. Sad to see him retired in that manner. However he was fighter and his innings in greatest ODI match of all time was highlight of his career. Great legend cricketer. Have fun.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 10, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

Great career you had. Now anyways you thought of retiring after this Series Boucher. Just don't worry about your eye and career. Just relax. Take care of your eye , try whatever u can to get vision; but if you won't get your vision then don't get down feeling about ill fate and all.. Any player in your place would have got hurt same way if they were keeping the same way at that point of time of match. it just had to happen and it happened. Now, it was just a little careless not wearing helmet . A helmet that hockey goal keepers wear that would have saved you for sure. So you can use your case as example and force ICC to implement mandatory use of Helmets of hockey goal keeper type. You will remembered forever for your great character too then. This can be made your immediate goal. And about your life now after retirement, enjoy to the core. All the best retirement life. You have given us a lot of entertainment , you have been a true fighter. We will never forget you. With love - India

Posted by Greatest_Game on (July 10, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

There are two elements to a great cricketer: natural athletic ability, and natural psychological ability. Boucher is one of the finest examples of the latter. He was never a phenomenal athlete, but he had an indomitable fighting spirit that over the course of his career transcended athleticism. To keep competitive he trained longer and harder than perhaps any other player, and in the field fought harder and longer than any of his peers. Keeping takes it's toll on the human body, and it is the cruelest of ironies that Boucher's career has been ended by a freak injury for which he could never have trained. Felled not by the ball, but by the bail - not the epitaph that anyone would have imagined for Boucher.

Posted by AKS286 on (July 10, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

get well soon, salute to boucher , his dedication towards international cricket. best of luck for future. morne van wyk is the best option.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

this is sad. one of the reasons i never liked the bails idea. maybe they should have some kinda string connected to it so it would be dislodged like normal but cant go very far. Boucher u were a great performer for SA cricket. u would be missed, all the best in your recovery.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

You are one of the greatest players. We will miss you. May God bless you.. Get well soon.

Posted by mrmonty on (July 10, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

Hope you recover quick and easy. Deserved to go out on a better stage (after crushing the Poms). Great bearer of the RSA flag.

Posted by rshaad on (July 10, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Sad end to an illustrious career...Hoping for a Speedy recovery, Mark Boucher

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Thanks alot tahir..... i already miss Boucher..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

missed u.waited for the English tour to see how u do there. All da best man

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

Mark Boucher, I still remember, U were batting at no. 8 or 9 around Klusner and Pollock when I started to follow cricket. You were known to me as an attacking batsman with whatever cricket I had seen by then..... And suddenly, U will be no more in cricket..... We will miss you, Boucher :(

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Get Well Soon, & Best of Luck for the Future!

Posted by YogifromNY on (July 10, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

Mark: wish you a speedy and painless recovery. As an Indian fan, I loved your fighting spirit, your wicketkeeping, your batting, your personality overall. We will all miss you. You are a tremendous cricketer and person, and the sport will be the poorer due to your departure from its playing ranks. Perhaps you can come back as a commentator/ coach/ administrator in future? God bless you and your loved ones!

Posted by Head_gear on (July 10, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

Greatest W/K s by all time.Hope you Quick recovery:)From SL

Posted by glance_to_leg on (July 10, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

May 1999. A warm up game at St Lawrence in Canterbury before the world cup. Boucher came in at what seemed at the time absurdly high in the order, at first wicket down. He proceeded to smash a quite decent attack (McCague who was genuinely brisk, Headley who had a lovely action and would have played more for England had injury not ended his career, Min Patel, and Symonds) out of the ground. He made my day (and I support Kent). I think he scored about 130 (certainly made a century) at well over a run a ball. He had real character. I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. Thanks for the cricket.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Sad way to end a career..best of luck on your next phase...he was a great fighter and team man....

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Checking the stats I see that he also took 1 test match wicket as a bowler - see http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/208321.html for the game where he was the 11th bowler used in the innings. Dwayne Bravo was the unlucky batsman. So that's 998 catches/stumpings as a wicket-keeper, 1 catch in the field and 1 wicket as a bowler....

Posted by vrn59 on (July 10, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

A sad end to the career of Mark Boucher, the best Test wicketkeeper, an entertaining batsman and above all, a true competitor! I wish him all the best.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

boucher u will always be missed by all the cricket lovers, n will frget ur innings in the record chase agaibnst aussies hats of 2u n wish all tghe best fr ur future UMAIS frm PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

sad to know of it....i wish and play for your speedy and complete recovery ....may Allah grant you a good compensation for this loss....Azka Ali ...Pakistan

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Boucher was on the same level of quality like adam gilchrist.. hats of to u legend.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

we will miss u boucher!! u will always be an inspiration for any young lad who takes the keeping glove in the cricketing arena.. u did make an history and it will remain forever! wish u for a speedy recovery!! Dinesh - Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

A Sad way to end a great career. wish him a speedy recovery all the best for the future bochy..........

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

How sad. We missed you Boucher!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

Really feel bad about the injury! Hope he is alright soon! Great cricketer with tremendous will and determination. Added a lot of balance to the team for more than a decade. Will always be missed

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

As an avid England fan all I can say is that Mark Boucher was a true professional who always fought hard for his country. He at times has been a thorn in England's side, but he was nevertheless admired for his guts and tenacity. It's a sad way to leave what has been an illustrious career and a pity he couldn't have reached those milestones which were there for the taking. Sometimes fate can be very cruel...I wish him a speedy recovery and every success in whatever the future holds for him.

Posted by hammad.thebest on (July 10, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

An unfortunate end to a great legend. we will miss u mark boucher.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

SAD TO SEE ANOTHER GREAT GO LIKE THIS!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Easily the saddest day in Saffa cricket over the last few years. Bouch will be missed and I am praying for a quick recovery!

Posted by pontingkhan on (July 10, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Good luck with the recovery and the future mate !

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

I am really sorry for him! We'll miss one of the best wicketkeeper ever! Hope he'll recover soon!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Praying for your recovery. Kudos on your fantastic career. Just wish it hadn't come to an end in this horrible way.

Posted by akasavani on (July 10, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Very unfortunate end. Boucher was a very gutsy and courageous cricketer and he always made sure opponents earned their victories when he was around. Wish him well.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

We will miss you Boucher. You were a great player, a great fighter and you surely look like a good human being too. Best of luck for the future. Irfan Shah, Pakistan

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

u'll always be remembered as a true warrior. Tnx for all the entertainment. we love u Bouch..praying 4 ur soon recovery.

Posted by AjaySridharan on (July 10, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

Ah the cruel twist of fate yet again! Sad way to end, but a great career nonetheless. Boucher was a true team man. Good luck with the recovery

Posted by Faisee on (July 10, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

My Favorite ... a fighter ... an amazing sledger who looked in the eyes of the opponent whoever it was...i wish to see him in IPL or whatever form of cricket.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Sad :( He could have got just one more dismissal :(

Posted by Ra_Thore on (July 10, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Get well soon and all the best to ABD.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Boucher a genuine wicket keeper batsman, what a shame his career has finished now but the last 14 years he been a true south african player, lets wish him good luck with speedy recovery.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

ohhh we miss u dear Bouch.............

Posted by BoseDeeKay on (July 10, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

A very sad end to a fantastic and an extra ordinary cricketer's career! I was looking forward to his participation in the England and Australia series. Mark Boucher: Wish you a speedy and healthy recovery! We know you are a fighter and wish you come out of this unfortunate situation as a winner. Best wishes to you and your family and all your future endeavours! Mark Boucher: You are "The Legend"!

Posted by sanjeev17 on (July 10, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

we love u boucher.... get well soon The 14 (tremendous) years gave to cricket... which is enough to remember you...forever we wish to hear you very soon as a commentator...:)

GET WELL SOON :)

Posted by YashMaster on (July 10, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

Bouch - you have done us proud! I still remember meeting up with you at Hamilton in the NZ series, I could still see the burning desire that you had to play. All the best for the future bud and hope to see you do well! :)

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Easily the saddest day in Saffa cricket over the last few years. Bouch will be missed and I am praying for a quick recovery!

Posted by 512fm on (July 10, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

I think it would be a nice gesture from SA cricket to recall him for a T20 match at home next summer, just to give him a final send off surely that would not be too much too ask.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

Thanks for the lovely memories boucher! I grew up watching you debut, and you were the best fighter iv seen in the team besides hansie.

Thanks for all the contribution, i am saddened by this news but hope that the proteas will bind together strong and show the pommies up for yours and ours(the countries)sake.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (July 10, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

He was playing with retirement for the last year or two ... I don't think this is a career ending injury ..

if he was 22, he would take the year or two off and come back ...

He probably just does not want to come back after an extended break at this stage in his career ....

and if some young lad steps up...

there probably won't be a place for him once he is recovered anyway .......

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

really it is a pathetic accident. pray & hope he will be cured fully & will able to lead a normal life.

Posted by Kak-mal_Khan on (July 10, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

How unfortunate, hope that you recover well from eye injury - I remember, especially in Boucher earliest matches for SA, how you would be part of that dogged tail that refused to give in, and pull your team out of the fire on numerous occasions - you kept wicket to the fiercest of SA's bowling attacks throughout your career from Donald, Pollock & Ntini and recently Steyn, Morkel, Philander & Tseobe. I wouldn't put it past you to come back and be playing with a patch over your eye - a true warrior!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Thank you for the memories Boucher and get well soon. Wishes from Pakistan.

Posted by dnarmstrong on (July 10, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Don't worry about how it end, what a career over a long period of time. An absolute warrior for his country, well played sir

Posted by sachinrh on (July 10, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

retired from international cricket not from IPL :-)

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

sad end to a legend! not the way we would have wanted to see him retire. Hope you recover soon Boucher! one of the few South Africans I always respected. Well played Sir!

Posted by sachinrh on (July 10, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Retired or is it IPL :-) guess no guesses here?

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

Unfortunate.... "Bouch" we will miss you!!!

Posted by shan_bd on (July 10, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

I feel very sad to see the vary sad news.....Boucher is a Warior. May Allah give him the power to recovery this trouble........ get well soon our HERO. we all r pray for you........................

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

One of the finest wicket keeper of the modern day cricket, he played very important role for SA cricket. It is v unfortunate to retire his career in this fashion, We pray the god for his faster recovery and get his vision normal soon. How much important to have helmet in cricket field is reminded again by this injury.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Really unfortunate for Boucher . He certainly deserved to play the last tournament before his retirement . A great cricketer with alot of grit ! Wish him a speedy recovery and good post retirement life !

Posted by mark2011 on (July 10, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Ohh its realy sad to hear that he has to end his career in this manner.He is an excellent wicket keeper batsmen in world criket and good fighter...No body should face any such serious injuries while playing..Let wish him and pray more importantly he should get his sight back.. Soon recovery and God Bless you !!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

What a horrible way for an outstanding career to be ended. Mark Boucher is a gutsy cricketer that has served his country heroically. I wish Mark a speedy recovery and the best of luck for the future.

Posted by dariuscorny on (July 10, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

i dont think its a smart move to opt AB as main wicket keeper for the 1st test as he is not a regular keeper and keeping in a test match is quite demanding to the body.as AB is their main line batsmen this ploy can certainly backfire,coz Eng our very strong at their own den ,i wud suggest not to give them any chance.moreover SA shud invest on young WK's for long term solution.coz thses small misses can become nasty mistakes.....note, keeping against a moving ball is challenging,if AB let goes few fliers from Cook,Bell,Pieterson,trott etc then they are dead.so please opt for a specialist....

Posted by SICHO on (July 10, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Praying that he gets well ASAP without the injury affecting his vision. I'm starting to think that cricket helmets should be replaced by welding helmets, i don't think a hemlet would've saved him. Its a shame we lost our Boucher so soon

Posted by pankaj_r.khanal on (July 10, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

you will definitely recover soon bouch.always liked your attitude when you played, will miss you and have a great life ahead !!!!!!!!!

Posted by adnan_rifat84 on (July 10, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

I Love you MARK..really sad way of retirement.. wish you could get 1000 dismissals .. but destiny is some thing else.. you are my all time best wicket keeper..wish you very best of lucks for your eye recovery.. LOVE YOU BUDDY ..greetings from Pakistan ..(cricinfo kindly publish)

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

On a day when Tatenda Taibu announced his retirement, Mark Boucher retired as well after the unfortunate freak accident. Two wicket keepers from the African continent and neighbouring countries both retiring on the same day all for different reasons. How often does that happen? Both have similar batting averages in test and one day cricket but Boucher is a far more successful keeper. Both will be missed from the African cricket community.

Posted by Arvinthjosh on (July 10, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

He did his job...!!! Don't worry boucher...!!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

very sad......... a very bad way of retirement....SA win this series and dedicate to this great player

Posted by richjhart on (July 10, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Boucher: 999 retired hurt.

Wishing him well on his recovery.

Posted by cric_follower on (July 10, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

Wish you a 100% recovery. Not the a sportsman like you should leave the field.

Posted by ozwriter on (July 10, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

boucher, a great wicket-keeper batsman, gave his all for south africa. world cricket will miss you. best wishes for your recovery.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

Boucher is the King of cricket behind the wicket.. Feeling myself a unlucky person who would not be able to watch his class from now.. I Pray for u dear crickter.. GET WELL SOON !

Posted by CamS71 on (July 10, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Great pity. Deserved a far better sign-off than this. His record speaks for itself. Very fine keeper & brilliant lower order fighter. All the best for the future Mark.

Posted by Majid019 on (July 10, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

He is a very god wicket keeper post 2000. I wish him very quick recovery. I hope he will come out good after operation

Posted by S.Jagernath on (July 10, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Hope Dane Vilas or Heino Kuhn get a chance but in S.A,its more likely that Thami Tsolekile will be selected.

Posted by Haleos on (July 10, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

Get well soon Boucher. May you succeed in whatever you choose to do in the future. Hopefully you will recover soon and come back to cricket.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

Sad to see him go this way. Hoping his eye recovers and a great, fun filled life after all the work on the field. All the best to a true South African hero!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Wish and pray for a speedy recovery so dat he cud be a part of SA cricket...may b as a coach. SL getting da benefit of a SA coach at da moment. -wishes from SL-

Posted by RichardW on (July 10, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Unlucky Bouchie!Great keeper,good batsman and a very,very important player for the Proteas.Thanks for your dedication and loyalty to your country and good luck for the future.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Congrats on a great career Mr Mark.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

Sorry that it had to end so sadly Bouch. This English cricket fan has enjoyed your performances over the years & was looking forward to seeing you this year. Good luck for a speedy recovery &, even though your international career has ended, I hope that you are not lost to the game in some leading capacity.

Posted by whoster on (July 10, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

What a wonderful servant Mark Boucher has been for South Africa, and what a cruel way for his international career to end. Let's just hope first and foremost that this injury isn't as bad as we fear, and that he can make a full recovery. Best wishes to you Mark.

Posted by siriherath on (July 10, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Mark Boucher was a thoroughly effective cricketer for SA. For a keeper, this day and age, he was surprisingly less vociferous, but did the job in hand, nevertheless - be it batting, saving byes, taking a sharp snick on his left, or running out or stumping a batsman. I am sure, most cricket lovers all over the world admired him for what he was, both his character and his cricketing skills. It is very sad he couldn't quite make the 150 tests and that too at Lords and even sadder of the unfortunate circumstances that compelled him to call it a day. I, like thousands of cricket fans all over, would wish him a speedy recovery and luck and happiness in whatever he choose to do, following that. Best wishes for Mark's family too. ( from UK & Sri Lanka)

Posted by adson80 on (July 10, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

one of the best wicketkeeper looking at the stats in my opinion the 2nd best only after adam gilchrist

Posted by nmdasaya on (July 10, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

it was so sad see him leave this way . get well soon!

Posted by BellCurve on (July 10, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

I've done some research. Tsolekile has scored 4 first class centuries in a career spanning 13 years. He scored 101* against the Titans in October 2004 (earlier in the match De Villiers and Van Jaarsveld put on 317 for the 2nd wicket); 141 against the Warriors in October 2009 (Stephan Cook scored 390 in the same innings, a SA first class record); 140 against Bangladesh A in April 2010 (Kuhn scored 190 in the same innings and Petersen 116); 111 against Bangladesh A, also in April 2010 (out of a team total of 482). Moreover, in 125 List A and 47 T20 matches Tsolekile has a highest score of 68 and averages in the low 20s. From these facts we can infer that Tsolekile is at best a very average batsman. SA cannot afford to have him at No7 in their Test batting line-up. Not against England.

Posted by arculush on (July 10, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Great man, great player. Good luck with the recovery Mark.

One thing you've got wrong though - he has exactly 1000 dismissals as he took the wicket of Dwayne Bravo in a test in 2005...

Posted by emmersonne on (July 10, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

What a horrible thing to happen. Wishing Mr Boucher a full and speedy recovery.

Posted by aiksa on (July 10, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Mark Boucher, we wish you a quick and complete recovery from this unfortunate injury. You have been truly a great player and human being. We wish you all the best for your future.

Posted by zvijos on (July 10, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Bouch, Wish you a speedy and full recovery. You have been an inspiration to all followers of cricket for many years. All the very best.

Posted by Sarthak1305 on (July 10, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

Get well soon boucher i am sure u have inspired a generation of wicket keepers not only in South Africa but all over the world u were one of the most athletic keeper that i have seen right up there with Gilly, so I hope u make a full recovery and associate yourself with cricket one way or another.

Posted by prernap on (July 10, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

what a sad ending! i hope he recovers soon and carries on with his career! best of luck!!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

@njr1330 EXCELLENT SUGGESTION. Time for ICC to change the material for the bails. The wickets can continue to be wood but the bails need to be light weight soft rubber to prevent such career threatening injuries to players.

Posted by martonimp on (July 10, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

The end of a very fine international career. I'm sure Mark will be disappointed to miss out on some landmarks but he has brought much pleasure to cricket lovers worldwide and he should be very proud. Best wishes Mark and many thanks!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

Nothing but respect, Mark Boucher. But his career-ending eye injury begs a question asked for almost 15 years. Why, oh why are helmets not mandatory yet for keepers that stand up to the stumps?

Even batsmen. It's ridiculous that helmets are not mandatory for the duration of innings and that people keep switching between helmets and caps. Think of the time saved by the fielding side in all this nonsense.

It's really not a question of bravado when someone doesn't wear a helmet on field. It's stupid.

Posted by zahidtaniv on (July 10, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

Respect for a cricketer that has given so much to cricket. He is a true champion and has entertained us all for years. 999 international dismissals is a Bradmanesque feat and I don't see anyone getting past it in the near future. I wish him a fast and full recovery.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

It is shocking to read that the cricketing world will be without Boucher in the playing XI of SA. I pray to God that he will recover soon and hopefully comeback to be the Warrior he has always been.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Wish you speedy recovery, Boucher. CSA must to do everything possible help Boucher's eye sight. Plead cricket loving public around the world for pray for Boucher!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

I hope he gets well very soon..great cricketer and brave wikcet keeper

Posted by Jayco on (July 10, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Wow, poor guy. A very gutsy, competetive player. Very unfortunate, and affects a lot more than his cricket. I wonder if this will start a trend of keepers wearing protective eyewear?

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

most wicketkeepers in the subcontinent wear protective helmet while standing up to the stumps. Mostly after the freakish injury to Saba Karim. Its time every wicket keeper in the world start doing that.Boucher can still retire with the satisfaction that he gave his best to the cricket. But for a new wicket keeper who is just starting outm these incidents will be the death nail.

Posted by Ghinva on (July 10, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

That is really terrible!! hearlt wishes to Mark Boucher.May he get a speedy recovery! Ameen.Cricket SA will surely miss a Gem!

Posted by AndrewSA on (July 10, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

SA have a long tail and in England this can easily be exposed. A wicktekeeper that CAN bat is essential. Although Boucher has done very little with the bat [averages under 25 in his last 15 tests] he at least offered experience. The non existent planning to replace Boucher will come home to roost!! Tsolekile is NOT a test quality batsmen [first class average of 29] whereas Vilas [ave 45] and Kuhn [44] are!! Van Wyk is not a pick for the future!!

Posted by 5wombats on (July 10, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Oh! NO! - This is terrible news. A shocking injury. Desperate way to have to retire. Hope you can get your full eyesight restored. Get well soon Mark. All the best - the wombats.

Posted by anilman on (July 10, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

I hope he gets well very soon....

Posted by unregisteredalien on (July 10, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

Terrible stuff, what an awful way to finish up. Best wishes for a full recovery, Mark, and congratulations on a monumental career. Could be an idea for keepers standing up to the stumps to wear clear plastic sunnies as do some participants in sports like cycling.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

Sad that such a class player has to go out like this.. nevertheless, thanks for all the entertainment Mark..wish you a speedy recovery!!

Posted by B.C.G on (July 10, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

Stranded on 999 dismissals!!!!!!!!!!!Reminds me of another legend!!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

best of luck,I hope he makes a full recovery.

Posted by voyager on (July 10, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

His 999 dismissals would look more magical than 1000 Thank you for your services Mark!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Heartbreaking but wish you speedy recovery and good luck for rest of the life !

Posted by NP_NY on (July 10, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

This is very sad. MB has been a fighter throughout his career, so I am hoping he will be able to fight through this one and get his full vision back. A small consolation is that this happened towards the very end of his career and not earlier. On behalf of my fellow Indian fans, I wish MB a speedy recovery.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

the Mark boucher is the best and very intelligent cricketer and he is best for africa and cricket

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

its a very sad news to be heard. i'm praying to God that you will recover very fast. i really wanted to see you finish the England tour in a high. but unfortunately this happened.May Lord Almighty cure your injury and hope to see you in a match once again.

Posted by yasserrizwan on (July 10, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

One of real superstars of cricket, aptly called Junkyard dog. Scored runs when most needed, kept wickets against likes of Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Fanie develiers, Dale steyn, Kallis to name a few. He 'll be sorely missed. One of the key pillars which made south africa one of most respected side in world cricket, his contribution to cricket is immense & matchless. As i write this, one more player invovled in greatest ODI ever played (my opinion) of 1999 WC semis between Aus & SA retires from Cricket. Kallis , Ponting still around. Stay well Mark, god bless you.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

This is awful and strengthens the need for ANYONE close to wicket to wear a helmet. I hope he gets his vision back. What a terrible loss for cricket and for SA...

Posted by A_HTIMAN on (July 10, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

"For the 14 years of your international career, you have been a true Proteas warrior, a patriotic South African, a fighter who asks nothing and gives everything. You have been a 100 percenter for this team" I've got nothing more to say than Smith. Thanks for the memories

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Superb Cricketer Retires likes with really a sad MisHap...!!!!!!

Posted by AbhijeetC on (July 10, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

cruel cricket.......he is now stuck on 999 international dismissal, I hope he at least recovers from his injuries and live healthy life afterwords. We will surely miss you Boucher, you are a legend.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Very sorry to hear this and I hope he makes a full recovery. Had the great pleasure of seeing him play in South Africa and in England. He will be missed.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

Damn .... sucks, he should have kept the helmet on, what an epic end to his Great Great career ... God bless him and his family

Posted by Aristotle01 on (July 10, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

END OF A FANTASTIC CAREER.:)

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

What a terrible bit of luck in terms of his career. More importantly though we can only hope that the injury heals fully.

Posted by denessa on (July 10, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

I PRAY THAT UR EYE GETS BETTER BOUCH...THANKS FOR ALL THE FANTASTIC GAMES U PLAYED FOR YOUR COUNTRY......U WERE TRULY ONE OF THE BEST WICKET KEEPER THAT EVER PLAYED THE GAME......ALL THE BEST GET WELL SOOON.......

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (July 10, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Most of the younger keepers will wear helments when standing up, however a lot of the older ones dont, I'm sure it comes down to personal choice, so you cant legislate for this, In my years of wacthing cricket (20 years) I dont remember seeing or hearing of an accident like this before at any level....I'm also not sure that Rubber bails are the answer as they are far too light, so will fly further and still cause the same type of problem. Tethering the bails is an Idea but you have to make sure that they dont interfere with the game, eg preventing the bails coming off naturally.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

A sad end to a wonderfully fulfilling career for Bouch. His records may never be broken.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

I would definitely like to see Boucher get his 1000 international dismisal, specially via test, if that not possible then T-20 (because of short period). I feel so sorry, whatever happend. I would like to see him atleast once more in the Test areana, if not in England then somewhere else against any other team, so that he retire from the international cricket in normal way, after the Test Match, Press Conference, Tears in Eyes (not blood), feeling sad and looking for future as coach, if not then Wicketkeeper coach guiding young talents around the world sharing personal experience and other stuff he learnt during his time. So, I hope, Boucher don't retire just now. And please get weel soon and recover well enough, so i can see him in future in South African Colours in Test arena. Best of Luck.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

Hardy Bouch!! You are already cricket legend. You have rescued us in many messy situations. Your nock at the 438 match comes top, though. We'll forever cherish the role you have played. Ironically, this accident happens at the same time as Tatenda Taibu retires, and you once promised to walk him to the dressing room. I hope nothing serious happens to your vision. We still need fighters like you as a country foward in a different capacity.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

God bless Mark, one of the finest wicket keeper of our generation.

Posted by landl47 on (July 10, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

Let's hope he makes a full recovery. Very Best wishes, Mark.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

Time to open the eyes. ICC should make it mandatory that all wicket keepers should wear helmet to avoid injury, even when slow bowler bowls. That way one one gets hurt. Hope Boucher gets back his vision.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 10, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Hope he gets his vision back that's only thing i will pray for. This tour is not his life. He has played many great matches and need not prove anything to anyone how good he is. May god help you Boucher to tolerate that pain and recover soon. I will pray for you.

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

very unfortunate but there is the reliable de villiers and he is not even the weakest link. that tag belongs to the test cricket captain. South Africa has got the best bowling attack in the world but the british have the best batting attack . So for SA to win the test series they must rely on their bowling attack of Philander and company as the series will be affected by the perenial terrible weather conditions in england

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

Get well soon MB, freakish and unlucky. Gritty determination will get him through, as in all those test matches he played in the last 15 years!!! Amazing since 1992 SA has only had 2 established test keepers, Richardson and Boucher. We need Ray Jeenings to don the gloves again since he undesrvedly missed out first time round. Sure MB will pull through.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

I wish him all the best, brave keeper and tough guy, I hope he makes a full recovery.

Posted by Castle94 on (July 10, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

Tsolekile is the right choice. Important thing is that he is a quality wicketkeeper, Boucher didn't score a test hundred since 2008 yet SA's batting remained strong. Also Tsolekile averaged 50+ in 2 of the last 3 FC seasons anyway so he's deserved the chance. Last thing they should do is give the gloves to AB.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 10, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

@njr1330 on (July 10 2012, 09:34 AM GMT)....like your suggestion that bails be made of plastic or rubber. Rubber is best option as it's soft comparatively to a plastic and wont hurt you at all; even if it hurts it's very little.Helmets even couldn't have saved him, because of gaps b/n grills. Hope some one in ICC listen to you because it's not a simple matter to be left like that.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Praying that Bouch's injury isn't going to result in loss of sight. Pity he won't be in the series. Such a sad way for a great player to leave the game. As to replacement keepers: they all seem a much of a muchness although I have been impressed by Smit's work on the occasions I have seen him play. Having AB keep would give SA the option of including the raw pace of deLange AND Tahir's spin alongside the established attack or allowing Duminy to bat at 7 as a batting all rounder.

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

Speaking from an English fans point of view, this is still a sad story, of course due to Mark Boucher being injured (get well soon) and also due hype this tour has had, which it will hopefully live up to despite the injury to a great player.

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

I hope he gets well very soon and carries his international career further on. Best of luck BOUCHER

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

Wow, strange freak injury. Hope he makes a full recovery. What terrible luck.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

really feeling sorry for him.............................

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

I hope this isn't as bad as the news make it sound - MB is a true champion and highly underrated I feel - best of luck and our prayers mate!!! Get well soon

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

Get Well Soon MB... Wish you a Quick Recovery..........

Posted by njr1330 on (July 10, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Best wishes to Boucher for a speedy recovery ... why do the bails have to be made of wood? Couldn't they be plastic or rubber?

Posted by Paul_JT on (July 10, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Terrible blow for South Africa, the series and the man. Hope Boucher recovers asap. Pity Kieswetter, who played for South Africa U19s, will not be the replacement. England have keepers to spare; Prior, Davies, Foster, Bairstow and Buttler. Expect Tsolekile for Tests. Would not rule out Kuhn for limited-overs.

Posted by Highflyer_GP on (July 10, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

Please don't go with Tsolekile! How the heck can you play a keeper who can't bat in the modern game?! And it's not exactly like he has age on his side. They need a long term successor.

Posted by moloko on (July 10, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

this is really sad. i hope that mark fully recovers from this injury. i think the selectors should chhose between vilas, kuhn and van wyk as a replacement. they should atleast had a keeper in mind thami is just not ggod enough the conditions are tough in england we need a keeper who can bat. i hope the selectors think really hard about their decision.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

dont worry MB god will help you mate

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

This is the same kind of freakish injury which Saba Karim ( remember erstwhile Indian wicket keeper, with good number of International ODI appearances ). He got injured while keeping to Anil Kumble.. Strange coincidence, both Imran & Anil are legspinners.

Posted by BlackInWhites on (July 10, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

This article is not about Tsolekile, its about Boucher. All you guys can do is to just wish him well and stop the Tsolekile bashing.. Let us just wish our South African team good luck.. Tsolekile will be part of the Team whether you like it or not. So give him a chance to play before you criticise him.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

This is the sort of thing that ended Paul Downton's career as well. Bail pushed thorugh the grill of his helmet by the ball. Best of luck MB, hope you recover soon mate.

Posted by BifferSpice on (July 10, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

as an england fan counting down the days to the start of the series, i have to say it all pales next to the extent of the injury and all i can hope is that there is a full and complete recovery, whether he plays again or not. such a cruel thing to happen. all the best, MB.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 10, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer (post on July 10 2012, 07:57 AM GMT): I know helmets aren't exactly 100% safety... the injuries to Ricky Ponting and Daniel Flynn spring to mind. But SURELY the gap between helment and visor is too narrow for the ball to sneak through and hit an eye? Anyway, helmet or no helmet, your points about skill and bravery are undeniable. I wonder do cricketers get paid 'hazard-pay'!?

Posted by caughtatcover on (July 10, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

A really unfortunate end to a wonderful and glittering career. Hope he recovers fully without any serious injury. P.S. all the upcoming wicketkeepers please note that safety is paramount in any sport therefore please wear that helmet while keeping close behind the stumps. Otherwise you would be lucky not to injure yourself!

Posted by raj_ci on (July 10, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Would have loved to see SA & fans give a happy send-off to Boucher but albeit this unfortunate thing happened...

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

I think glasses like the one worn by squash players will be in demand, not sure helmet would have protected him unless it had an eye visor. Maybe time has come to make the bails out of foam rather than wood.

Posted by ballonbat on (July 10, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Best of luck, Mark. I hope the surgery has saved your eye and you regain 20/20 vision. This is a blow to the Proteas and a demoralising start to the tour. Hope they make a good decision on a replacement - I don't think that AB, as a premier batsman, should keep. He needs to be fresh. They've got a very strong lineup and could afford Thami not being that hot with the bat if his keeping is impeccable. At least he's kept to Tahir recently. He or whichever reserve wickie they had in mind should have been in the tour party to start with. Poor planning. As for Boucher, it's no mean feat to have 999 dismissals and there's a nice Bradmanian ring to that. You don't want to go past that magic 1000 mark. Also his stats are beautiful as cricketing stats go: 555 and 999: both multiple Nelsons. Perfect!

Posted by yorkslanka on (July 10, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

all the best for your recovery MB, hope it goes well...

Posted by Tom_Bowler on (July 10, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

Such a shame for Boucher, he's been a giant for SA and it would have been great to see him for a final time. It's also a pity that the top two won't be at full strength when they face off but of course the most important thing is that his recovery is speedy and complete.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

I don't understand SA selectors obsession with Tsolekile, he has below average career so far. He may be a good gloves man, but we all know you need more than that to succeed at International level. SA any ways have a good depth in their wicket-keeping resources. van Wyk already has international experience and then there are young guys like Vilas and Kuhn.

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

While I wish Boucher a full recovery, I don't lament his absence from the side as he has long been a passenger, offering little in front of or behind the stumps, has managed to stay in the side despite a good few years of poor performances only because of his friendship with the likes of Smith and Kallis. Brutal truth is that, for the past three or so years, he has not been the best wicketkeeper or wicketkeeper/batsman in South African cricket. De Kock's the future...and if he's good enough, his age should not be a barrier.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (July 10, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

A helmet would not have avoided this injury, unless it had a closed visor, which would probably be too much of a hindrance. Unfortunately it has been a freak occurrance and not much could have been done to avoid it. You can't legislate to avoid all injuries in a sport like cricket and the need for courage when fielding close to the bat has always been fundamental part of the game, knowing that injury is possible. If anything, this only goes to underline the incredible skill and bravery that a wicket-keepr standing up to the stumps shows day after day.

Posted by msg1711 on (July 10, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Tsolekile ????? What a joke. Will prove a complete failure again. Mark my words. He is nothing but an average club cricketer.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Just hope that the injury fully recovers - commiserations to him & family..

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 10, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

As far as the reserves seen in the one or two games, i found Morne Van Wyk batting more sound than all others.. We can't be very certain with the keeping from the games we saw but he was good in that too.. Probably, age will come as a factor.. But a 33 year old can play for 3 years surely.. He looked as fit as ever..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Xolile: agreed. But I suspect AB will keep as SA has gambled on not grooming a replacement keeper and have now been caught with their pants down.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

Sad to see an experienced wicket keeper end his career this way. I wish boucher recover soon without any effect on his eye. My prayers are with you.

Posted by klempie on (July 10, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

This is terrible. Sorry Bouch. :( I hope the eye recovers well enough for you to be able to reschedule your retirement during the home series at the end of the year.

Posted by PureTom on (July 10, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

What a horrific freak accident. And what a terrible way to end such an illustrious career. Good Luck Mark, we hope you make a full recovery!

Posted by zenboomerang on (July 10, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

Well this is very sad news for Boucher - I commented on the earlier article commenting on his milestones to be achieved this series... Just hope that the injury fully recovers - commiserations to him & family...

Posted by cricketcraz on (July 10, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

I would recommend Dane Vilas to take the place of Mark Boucher. It will damage the team without the presence of Boucher, but Vilas who has played plenty of First-Class matches and avaeraging at 45.29 from 42 matches is acceptable. In a sence the loss of Boucher will help South Africa to groom a permanent wicker-keeper, knowing that boucher is likely to retire soon. The England tour will help the up-coming South African wicket-keepers a lot, the conditons and the crowd atmosphere is a lot to learn from.

Posted by BellCurve on (July 10, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Tsolekile is almost 32 years old. He averages 29 in FC cricket and has scored only 4 centuries. His SR is abysmal. His highest score this year is something like 27. Will he be batting at No7? If so, then the SA tail would be 7 Tsolekile 8 Philander 9 Steyn 10 Morkel 11 Tahir. That is simply not good enough for Test cricket. SA will have to bring in De Kock (or alternatively Van Wyk, Kuhn or Vilas).

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Tsolokile is the short term solution! How about thinking out of the box for a change and select someone like Quinten de Kock!

Posted by Usmanpak55 on (July 10, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

lesson for the wkt keepers to wear helmet even if there is a non-regular bowler bowling

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