South Africa Cricket Players
Mark Boucher (born December 3, 1976 in East London) is a South African cricketer. He was educated at Selborne College. He has represented major teams such as Border (a provincial team in South Africa), Africa XI, ICC World XI and of course South Africa. He has been a regular feature of the South African side since the 1997/1998 tour to Australia.
He found conditions in England difficult, both on the 1998 tour and during the 1999 World Cup, but he demonstrated courage, determination and nous in what became a run of 75 consecutive Tests before he was left out for the tour of India late in 2004. Those qualities brought him three Test hundreds in his first 25 Tests, and earmarked him as a possible future No. 5 or No. 6 batsman. He was also awarded the South African vice-captaincy when Shaun Pollock took over from Hansie Cronje, recognition of his willingness to get down and scrap when his team needs it - and he promised a scrap to regain the wicketkeeping gloves when a form dip eventually did cost him his place. A brilliant, unbeaten 50 in the most thrilling one-day match ever - against Australia at Johannesburg on March 12 - saw South Africa chase down a record 434 with one wicket to go. In the ensuing three-Test series, displayed fine work behind the stumps and showed his love of a contest against Australia with two fantastic half-centuries and 175 runs at 35.