Mark Boucher appointed as new head coach of South Africa

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Former wicket-keeper batsman Mark Boucher has been appointed as the new head coach of South Africa men’s team two days after former captain Graeme Smith appointed as director of cricket for three months.

Wicket-keeper’s first role as a coach will be against world champions England in the four-match Test series starting from December 26.

Former all-rounder Jacques Kallis might be named as batting coach in the near future whereas former cricketer Aswell Prince will coach A-side.

Boucher was selected Titans mentor in August 2016 and is in his fourth season in control there, the franchise won two one-day cups and two T20 competitions. Under his mentorship, Aiden Markaram, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi and Heinrich Klaasen went onto serve South Africa.

Boucher, a veteran of 147 Tests, 295 ODIs and 25 T20Is before eye damage finished his professional career in England back in 2012.

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