Former Wicket-keeper batsman Mark Boucher has been named as new Head coach of South Africa. Boucher is expected to be with the national side till 2023 Cricket World Cup. Enoch, Nkwe, who was interim team director for South Africa on their tour to India in October, has been appointed as assistant coach.
The selection committee will announce Test squad for the first two games of the series against England. The opening Boxing Day against England will be played at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Graeme Smith has been appointed as Cricket South Africa, Director of Cricket, for next three months. Former South African captain made some key announcements by bringing to Mark Boucher to the national setup. He said that Boucher will bring a lot of toughness and experience to young Proteas squad for the challenges presented while playing international cricket.
Mark Boucher is one of the finest wicket-keepers to have played for South Africa at the highest level. In 147 Test matches played, Boucher accumulated 5515 runs at an average of 30.30. He has scored five centuries and 30 half-centuries to his name. Besides that, he has 566 dismissals to his name. He has certainly be a cricketer who will remembered to produce his best cricket when the side was in deep trouble.
With ample amount of international experience at his disposal, Boucher will be looking to share all the valuable information with players, who will be playing for South Africa across all three formats. Boucher said that he has a lot of respect for Enoch Nkwe and will guide him to make sure he can become a quality cricket coach at the highest level.
Cricket South Africa has decided to retain majority of its technical support staff. Volvo Masubelele will continue to be team manager for the side, while fielding coach Justin Ontong will be hoping that the side can deliver best results on the field.