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    Default Mark Boucher undergoes eye surgery; out of England tour

    Veteran South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher would miss the entire Test series against England after he underwent surgery on his left eye on Monday for an injury he sustained when a bail hit him in the face.

    "The extent of the eye injury can be described as severe. The eyeball (globe of the eye) was repaired during the operation," Mohammed Moosajee, the South Africa manager, told ESPNcricinfo.

    "The long-term prognosis at this stage remains unknown. He is definitely out of the series and will return home as soon as able to travel. The selectors will announce a replacement shortly."

    Boucher was standing up to the stumps when he was struck in the eye after legspinner Imran Tahir bowled Somerset's Gemaal Hussain and the bail flew up into the 'keeper's face. It happened on the opening day of South Africa's first tour match ahead of the three-test series against top-ranked England starting on July 19.

    This could end Bouchar's illustrious career as he had said before the England series that this might be his last series in South African colour.

    The 35-year-old Boucher has played 147 Tests and is on his final tour of England as he nears retirement from the national team. He holds the world record with 555 Test dismissals, over 100 more than Australia's Adam Gilchrist.

    Boucher lay face down after being struck by the bail at Taunton's County Ground in south west England and was then helped from the field with blood coming from his eye. He was taken to a hospital.

    Vice-captain AB de Villiers could stand in as wicketkeeper or South Africa might call up specialist Thami Tsolekile, who wasn't in the initial squad to tour England.

    "The selectors back home are being kept abreast of what is happening," Moosajee said.
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    Default Injured Mark Boucher retires from international cricket

    South Africa's Mark Boucher retired from international cricket with immediate effect on Tuesday after being struck in the eye a day earlier. The prolific wicket-keeper had a surgery on his eye in England and has flown back home.

    Boucher, who has played in 147 Tests and 295 ODIs, was struck by a bail during his team's tour opener against English county Somerset. "It is with sadness, and in some pain, that I make this announcement. Due to the severity of my eye injury, I will not be able to play International cricket again," a statement on his behalf said. The third Test of the series - at Lords - would have been the 150th appearance for the player who will retire with 999 international dismissals. His 555 dismissals in Tests is a record.

    Team manager Mohammed Moosajee had earlier said that the extent of Boucher's injury was severe and that it was "difficult to determine the extent of the long-term damage."

    The 35-year-old player has been a solid performer for the Proteas and his brilliant skills behind the stumps was matched only by his ability with the bat.

    Boucher made his international Test debut against Pakistan in 1997 and has since been a permanent part of the national side.
    On Tuesday, Boucher in his statement issued his thanks for the wishes. "I am deeply touched by all the well wishes. I wish the team well in the UK, as I head home and onto a road of uncertain recovery."
    South African Test skipper Graeme Smith who read out Boucher's statement, expressed his sadness at the announcement and called the player 'a patriotic South African and a fighter.'
    "Bouch, we have walked a long road together, and we are saddened to part under these circumstances. For the 14years of your International career, you have been a true Proteas warrior, a patriotic South African, a fighter who asks nothing and gives everything," he said in a personal message.

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    A very sad incidence to have happened, he should have used helmet while standing over the stumps. He was a really good cricketer who I feel proteas never gave the respect he deserved nor did the international circuit recognized his talent as a wicketkeeper to the utmost.

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