Boucher rates first Test win as coach as one of his best moments

Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe and coach Mark Boucher during the SA squad training at Super Sport Park in Centurion on 20 December 2019.
Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe and coach Mark Boucher during the SA squad training at Super Sport Park in Centurion on 20 December 2019.
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South Africa coach Mark Boucher has said that the impressive 107-run win over England during the Boxing Day Test at SuperSport Park ranks up there with the best moments he has experienced with the Proteas.

Boucher‚ who oversaw his first Test win as Proteas coach‚ added that it’s a good feeling to be back in the South Africa dressing room after his playing career came to an abrupt end with an eye injury in 2012.

“I have played quite a few Test matches for SA and there have been a couple of good ones‚ but certainly this is up there‚” he said.

“Especially where we have been – it’s has been a hectic two weeks but we put in a lot of hard work as the coaching staff and the management as well.

“This is just a reward for the hard work with the players and I am very happy with the way guys went out.

“We said that we want to instill confidence back into the players and seeing them walk off the field with smiles was a sign of a sense of belief that we can win Test matches against very good teams.”

Though he praised the players for the manner in which they carried themselves during preparations and the first Test match‚ Boucher warned that there is still a long way to go before SA are the best team in the world – his ultimate aim.

“I understand that there is still a long way to go but hopefully we can take this momentum forward‚” he said.

“We have youngsters and we need to speed up the process of helping them to become experienced cricketers.

“We will enjoy this win because you don’t take a Test match win for granted. But certainly‚ after the celebrations tonight [Sunday] we will get back on the horse with the knowledge that there is still a lot of work to be done.”

With Boucher’s last involvement with the Proteas in 2012 having played 142 Tests‚ 295 ODIs and 25 T20s‚ he is enjoying being part of the national team’s dressing room again.

“It is a great feeling to be part of the Proteas dressing room again to be honest. There are a few changes that have been made in the dressing room‚ but the spirit and passion is still there.

“I have been out of Proteas cricket for some time now and it’s an honour for me to be part of the change room. Hopefully I will be part of changing the future of SA cricket.

“We are looking at the challenges ahead and we are by no means saying that everything is solved.”


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