Boucher could face Aussies
Mark Boucher has confirmed that he would postpone his retirement from international cricket if he was asked by the 'right people'.
The 35-year-old South Africa wicket-keeper announced that he would be calling time on his 15-year international career at the conclusion of this summer's third Test against England at Lord's in August. But he has now made it clear that he would be prepared to hang on for the subsequent tour to Australia later in the year if people that he respects in the game make the first move. "I've spoken to a couple of people and they've said it's my last tour, but if people who count ask me to finish off against the Australians, then I'd have to think about it," he said. "I do understand that playing against Australia is a massive competition and if I get asked by my coach, Gary Kirsten, to stay on and play, then I might seriously consider it." Boucher has been a constant in the Proteas ranks since making his debut back in 1997 and has played 147 five-day matches for Graeme Smith's side. His wicket-keeping has always been exemplary while the east London-born star has scored 5,515 Test runs at an average of 30.30. He has also been an important part of the one-day set-up, with 4,686 runs from 295 50-over appearances and, while admitting that it would be nice to end his playing days at the home of cricket, there is a chance he may continue. "My mind is set on finishing after England, hopefully playing all three Test matches, and finishing my career on 150 Tests for my country," he said. "If that happens, I would walk away very happily. "There is just one little 'if' - if my coach asked me - but I'm not putting any pressure on him."