Wednesday, September 20, 2006

South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has hit back, literally, at talented Tatenda Taibu's admission that he is gunning for his place in the South Africa side.

Boucher made short work of Zimbabwe's bowlers today, smashing an unbeaten 147 runs off an unbelievable 68 balls. Twenty-three year old Taibu has 7 one day half-centuries to his name and a test best of 153. He has not played international cricket since his family were theatened in Zimbabwe. He recently told reporters that playing for South Africa was his 'best option' to return to test cricket.
Taibu must spend a 4 year qualfication period playing domestic cricket in the RSA before he can be selected for the national squad. Boucher's onslaught in today's match was his first one-day century, although he has 4 test tons under his belt.
There is no immediate threat to Boucher's position as wicketkeeper from Taibu, but in four years time Taibu will be in his prime at 27, Boucher will be getting on at 33 years old. Taibu was the youngest ever test captain and is undoubtedly a very talented player. Boucher better watch his back over the next four years then, and ensure he doesn't become too complacent. If today's performance was anything to go by he doesn't intend to either.

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