Ultimate Test XI Profile: Mark Boucher

By May 10, 2020
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South Africa’s Mark Boucher is a hard man. Uncompromising, aggressive, and forever competitive, the short, stocky framed wicketkeeper/batsman enjoyed a brilliant 15-year career that ended, in a word, tragically. Boucher was forced into retirement after being hitin the eye during a warm-up game. Behind the stumps, there were not many to challenge his skill, but it didn’t start that way. Initially, he was a lower-order batsman, who could keep wicket. His first tour to England saw him keep quite poorly, failing to negotiate late swing after the ball had pitched.

Here is where Boucher’s determination makes him a great, because his glovework over the course of his career would become renowned. That improvement came at the hands of hard work, with many pointing to Boucher doing wicketkeeping drills long after everybody in the South African squad had gone home. Today, he is the holder of the Test record for most dismissals and his 555 in just 147 Tests, won’t soon be caught.

He could bat too and was well known for being the stodgy last line of defence in the South African lower order.   

Career Statistics

Full name: Mark Verdon Boucher

Born: December 3, 1976, East London, Cape Province

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, Border, Cape Cobras, ICC World XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Warriors

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper


Test Career: South Africa (1997-2012)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs    HS     Ave       BF        SR    100s    50s     Ct      St

147     206      24      5515    125    30.30   11005    50.11      5      35       532    23


Career Highlights

  • Most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in Tests (555)
  • Only 25 of his dismissals came against spin
  • One of only two players to score over 5000 runs as a wicketkeeper
  • 2008 Wisden Cricketer of the Year
  • Scored 5 Test centuries and 35 half centuries
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