Now, Boucher sustains an ankle sprainDecember 13th, 2008 - 4:58 pm ICT by ANI
Perth, Dec.13 (ANI): South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher on Saturday became the fifth member of the team to go down with an injury.
Boucher made 13 runs in South Africa’’s 8-320 on the opening day of their two-day game against a Western Australia second XI in Perth, could not take the field on Saturday because of a “mild ankle sprain”, the Herald Sun reports.
Boucher, however, will be available for the first Test that begins next Wednesday.
Test No.6 batsman AB De Villiers, who scored a brilliant 129 on Friday, stood in for Boucher and took two neat catches behind the stumps off Dale Steyn’’s bowling.
Steyn missed Thursday’’s one-day game against Western Australia with a minor hamstring strain.
Captain Graeme Smith and spinner Paul Harris also missed Thursday’’s game with elbow and thumb injuries and Morne Morkel suffered a mild ankle sprain while attempting to bowl his first over of the tour on Thursday.
Smith and Harris batted on Friday and Morkel has bowled on Saturday without discomfort, gaining plenty of bounce from the WACA pitch. (ANI)
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