South Africa`s reputation as cricketing `chokers` has become a dressing room joke, they say, and there has been nothing spluttering about their build-up as they head to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in confident mood.
South African coach Russell Domingo has defended pace bowler Vernon Philander despite his second consecutive underwhelming series against Australia, saying that Philander had been a `phenomenal player` for South Africa for more than a year for which he should be cut some slack for his poor show in `just three quietish Tests`.
Former South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher said that retired all-rounder Jacques Kallis is `probably the best cricketer that has ever lived in the country` and urged people to respect the player`s decision to end Test career.
South African cricketer Mark Boucher has said that the game`s modern anti-corruption methods are a joke, offering a rare insight into the shady world of cricket`s most notorious match-fixer, Hansie Cronje.
Former South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, who retired prematurely after a freak eye injury during last year`s tour of England has been summoned by chief coach Gary Kirsten to mentor young glovesman Quinton de Kock.
Talking about his restricted vision and adjusted life since his freak eye accident life, veteran Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has admitted that it is like looking at the world through a toilet roll.
“One-day cricket has been a big part of his life for a very long time and, right now, he thinks he can just walk away from it. Maybe he can. But I think he`ll quickly find there`s a big hole in his life, which isn`t as easy to cope with as he may think,” he said.
He was struck in the left eye by a bail as he stood up to to spinner Imran Tahir. This freak accident, which now threatens vision in his affected eye, resulted in his decision to retire from all forms of cricket.