Mark Boucher Proteas England

Proteas coach Mark Boucher says his players are relishing the chance to write their names into Lord’s folklore against England. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/Sports Inc

Mark Boucher: Proteas ready to write their names into Lord’s folklore

Proteas coach Mark Boucher says his players are relishing the chance to write their names into Lord’s folklore against England.

Mark Boucher Proteas England

Proteas coach Mark Boucher says his players are relishing the chance to write their names into Lord’s folklore against England. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/Sports Inc

Proteas head coach Mark Boucher says his players are relishing the chance to write their names into Lord’s folklore when the Test series against England gets underway this week.

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The Proteas have an outstanding record at the Home of Cricket since South Africa’s readmission in 1992, having played six Tests and won four with a solitary loss and a draw.

The tourists have not travelled to England for a Test series since 2017 and for many of the players in the squad it will be their first taste of the playing the longest format in the country.

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Mark Boucher’s team have been soaking up the history at the venue, including a visit to the Lord’s museum, ahead of the first Test which starts on Wednesday.

Boucher admitted emotions were running high ahead of the occasion as the current squad look to emulate the likes of former skipper Graeme Smith, who struck the highest individual score by a touring batter at Lord’s when he made 259 in 2003.

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Former fast bowler Makhaya Ntini became the first South African to take 10 wickets in a Test at Lord’s in the same match with both men having their names forever etched on the famous honours board at the ground.

“When the guys arrived and walked into the museum – we were very privileged to have a trip to the museum – and all the players just staring in awe of what was around them,” Mark Boucher told reporters on Monday.

“So just watching the players’ reaction walking into Lord’s. There’s a lot of passion and emotions are running high in a good way.

“So as a coach you don’t have to try and get the boys all g’eed up for a game like this, I think that’s already there. So I think that the youngsters want to be here and they want to perform at this ground.

“They want to be a part of hopefully creating something special and become a legend in the game like a lot of cricketers in the past have been.”

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The Proteas mentor is also hopeful that paceman and bowling spearhead Kagiso Rabada will be fit enough to feature come Wednesday.

The fast bowler missed the final T20 against England due to an ankle injury and was not risked during the four-day warm-up match against the England Lions at Canterbury last week.

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“I hope (he will be fit). He’s come on well I think,” Boucher said.

“The one concern is always maybe his loads, but he’s a great athlete so his body seems to have recovered nicely and he’s not feeling too much pain.

“He’ll have probably his final test today to find out how he’s going but I’m hoping that he pulls through, Rabada is a massive player for us as we all know so for him to be part of the final XI would be very special for us.”

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PROTEAS TEST SQUAD AGAINST ENGLAND

Dean Elgar (captain), Sarel Erwee (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Marco Jansen (Warriors), Simon Harmer (Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Titans), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Keegan Petersen (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Ryan Rickelton (Lions), Lutho Sipamla (Lions), Rassie van der Dussen (Lions), Kyle Verreynne (wicketkeeper, Western Province), Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Glenton Stuurman (Warriors) 

South Africa Test tour to England itinerary

Four-day tour match

9-12 August  

Lions beat South Africa by an innings and 56 runs – The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence, Canterbury  

Tests

17-21 August  

England vs South Africa – Lord’s, London  

25-29 August  

England vs South Africa – Old Trafford, Manchester  

8-12 September 

England vs South Africa – Oval, London   

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