Mark Boucher steps up to the crease as Proteas new head coach

Mark Boucher steps up to the crease as Proteas new head coach

- The former wicketkeeper, Mark Boucher, has been appointed the Proteas Head Coach

- Former Proteas captain, Graeme Smith has been named the new Director of Cricket

- The new leadership team have two weeks to get ready for the test against England

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Mark Boucher has been named the new head coach of the South African national cricket team, the Proteas. Boucher used to represent South Africa as a wicket keeper.

Boucher is another high profile name added to the management of the Proteas after former Proteas captain Graeme Smith was appointed the new Director of Cricket.

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Enoch Nkwe has been appointed as Boucher's assistant coach, Nkwe was the Team Director during the recent 3-0 loss to India.

"I have brought Boucher 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,” Smith said via a press statement.
"At the same time there is a clear need to maintain continuity and stability in the Proteas management team and we will be retaining the technical support staff along with Volvo Masubelele continuing as team manager and Justin Ontong as fielding coach.
"I will be appointing batting and bowling consultants, and these will be announced in the next couple of days," added Smith.

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In less than two weeks, the Proteas are facing off against England at Centurion in a four-Test home series. This does not give Smith or Boucher a lot of time to get their ducks in a row.

Faf du Plessis has been named Proteas Test Captain.

Boucher had to end his professional cricket career early after a serious injury to his left eye after a bail from the cricket stumps struck him in the face. He was not wearing his helmet or safety glasses.

In May 2017, Bouch was named Coach of the Year at the annual Cricket South Africa awards.

In other sport, recently reported on the SA ladies ice hockey team won gold in World Ice Hockey Championships.

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