Boucher warns England: Beware a wounded buffalo

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Former wicket-keeper Mark Boucher, a veteran of 147 Test matches and the world record holder with 999 international dismissals across all formats, was unveiled as the new coach Saturday

New South Africa head coach Mark Boucher is confident he can turn around the fortunes of the country’s ailing Test team and has warned England they will not roll over in the upcoming four-Test series starting on Boxing Day.

South Africa have lost their last five Tests, two shock home defeats to Sri Lanka and three thrashings in India.

Former wicket-keeper Boucher, a veteran of 147 Tests and the world record holder with 999 international dismissals across all formats, was unveiled as the new coach Saturday.

Boucher was appointed by South Africa’s new director of cricket Graeme Smith, the most successful Test captain in history.

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Another former five-day veteran, Ashwell Prince, has been appointed South Africa A coach while bowling and batting consultants will be named in the coming week.

Boucher also said he was open to having a discussion with the retired AB de Villiers about a return to international cricket for the World T20I in Australia next year.

The first Test against England starts in Pretoria on Boxing Day, followed by three more in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.