Gloves off

Mark Boucher won’t give up his Proteas’ wicketkeeping spot without a fight.

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0209_sac_ofc1While Boucher struggled with the bat in both Test series against Australia this season, he believes he still has a lot more to offer at international level despite calls for AB de Villiers to be given the gloves and bat at No 7.

‘I will never rest on my laurels and I will never voluntarily give my position away,’ he says in the new issue of SA Cricket magazine. ‘That may be the wrong thing to say, but I’m very competitive and I have plenty more years in me. I only think about my goals two years at a time. I definitely have another World Cup in me and I’ll decide where to after that.

‘My body’s still in good shape and I’ve never told anyone that I’m looking to retire. After the World Cup, I’ll be 35, but if I’ve still got a lot to give, why can’t I carry on for another few years?’

Also in the new issue:

– Having been dropped from the Proteas Test team upon their return from Australia, Ashwell Prince made a triumphant return in the third Test at Newlands. He looks back on that difficult period and explains what that century meant to him.

– A more relaxed approach from Morné Morkel could help him get back into the Proteas Test team and fulfil his potential.

albie– Albie Morkel on his aggressive approach to batting, criticism of his bowling, why he’s glad South Africa hosted the IPL and what the Proteas must do in order to win the World T20 in England.

– Allan Donald column: ‘I respect Murali highly, but still have serious doubts about the legality of his action’

– Shaun Pollock and Jonty Rhodes have made a big impact at the Mumbai Indians in this year’s IPL. The Proteas legends explain how they got involved in coaching and the unique challenge that T20 cricket provides

– Ray Jennings on coaching the Royal Challengers Bangalore, working with Kevin Pietersen and T20 tactics.

– An experienced county campaigner and left-handed opening batsman, Chris Rogers assesses the five Ashes Test venues and gives an expert insight into exactly what aussie rookie Phillip Hughes can expect.

– England need a fully-fit Andrew Flintoff if they are to regain the Ashes.

sachin– Sachin Tendulkar continues to let his bat do the talking.

– Against the greatest of odds, Afghanistan gained odi status and almost qualified for the 2011 World Cup. One man, Raees Ahmadzai, epitomises the success story.

– Steve Bucknor on his 128-Test career, Jonty Rhodes’s famous run out, being banned after the 2007 World Cup final, how he’d improve the referral system, and the greatest players he’s umpired.

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