South Africa dedicates series win over England to Boucher

Updated: Aug 21, 2012, 11:53 AM IST

Cape Town: South Africa has dedicated their series win over England to former wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, whose career was cut short on the tour due to a freak eye injury.

South Africa on Monday beat England by 51 runs at Lord’s to win the series 2-0 and claim the No 1 ranking in Test cricket.

Skipper Graeme Smith dedicated the win to Boucher at the post-match presentation. He also wrote “We miss you Bouch” on his shirt.

“It was a tribute from the team. It was meant to be his 150th test. He``s been an integral part of the Proteas family for so long and it was something as a team we felt we wanted to do,” Smith said.

Boucher’s international career was cut short when he was struck in the eye by a bail which ricocheted off the stumps in the Proteas’ first match on tour. He subsequently announced his retirement from international cricket, Sport24 reports.

Boucher was quick to respond to the kind gestures from his former teammates via his Twitter account.

“Thnx @GraemeSmith49, the Proteas squad and 2 all the messages from everyone!That was a special touch! Proud to have been apart of that squad,” he posted.