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Home » Team Profiles » South Africa » Mark Boucher

Mark Boucher

Full name Mark Verdon Boucher

Born December 3, 1976, East London, Cape Province

Current age 29 years

Major teams South Africa, Africa XI, Border, ICC World XI

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Mark Boucher is one of the most versatile players of the South African cricket team. Holding numerous cricket records he is the fastest man with 100 dismissals, along with highest score by a night watch man and also most innings. Among all these his most significant achievement came in only his second Test match, his first on home soil, against Pakistan at the Wanderers in February 1998 when he and Pat Symcox put on 195 to set a new Test ninth-wicket partnership record. He served his position on South Africa's 1997-98 tour of Australia, and took over as the first-choice keeper when Richardson retired at the end of that series. In the 1999 World Cup he reflected courage, determination and nous in what became a run of 75 consecutive Tests before he was left out for the tour of India late in 2004. His admirable qualities brought him three Test hundreds in his first 25 Tests, and earmarked him as a possible future No. 5 or No. 6 batsman. He was also awarded the South African vice-captaincy.

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