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South Africa appoint Mark Boucher as new head coach

Published : Saturday, 14 December, 2019 at 9:14 PM  Count : 244

Mark Boucher has been appointed as the new South Africa head coach --Getty

Mark Boucher has been appointed as the new South Africa head coach --Getty

South Africa have appointed legendary cricketer Mark Boucher as their new head coach ahead of this winter’s series against England.

Former wicketkeeper-batsman Boucher has signed a four-year deal running until 2023 and Enock Nkwe, who was the interim team director, will be his assistant coach.

Graeme Smith, the newly-appointed CSA acting director of cricket, said: ‘I have brought Mark on board because I feel he will bring the toughness to turn a young and inexperienced Proteas squad into a battle-ready outfit.

‘With his experience of a long career as an international cricketer he has first hand experience of what it takes to succeed in the Test arena.

‘I have the highest regard for Enoch as well and I want to create a clear path for him to grow into a top international coach.’

Boucher made 467 appearances for South Africa, scoring six centuries and claiming almost 1,000 dismissals with the gloves before a freak eye injury forced him to retire in 2012.

Former South Africa captain Smith also confirmed that batting and bowling coaches would be confirmed in the next week.

Boucher’s first task as Proteas head coach will be a home Test series against England, starting on December 26.

South Africa have endured a dismal run of results since last summer’s World Cup but England also go into the series having been beaten by New Zealand last month.

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