Tsolekile replaces Boucher in Proteas party
South Africa have called wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile up for their Test tour of England following the retirement of Mark Boucher.
Tsolekile, 31, will join the squad ahead of the three-Test Investec series but is unlikely to play in the opening game, at the Kia Oval starting tomorrow week, after coach Gary Kirsten said AB de Villiers would take the gloves. Before that is a three-day tour match with Kent at Canterbury from Friday.
Tsolekile’s call had been expected after he was handed a central contract earlier this year - the first time South Africa have selected a reserve keeper since they first issued contracts in 1998.
He has three Test caps, all of which came in 2004 with the last against England, among 132 first-class appearances. His ability was highlighted by eight first-innings catches for South Africa A last week.
"Thami has done very well with both the Lions and South Africa A for a couple of seasons, culminating in his South African record eight catches in an innings this past week," said Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson.
"With AB de Villiers also able to fill the role of wicketkeeper in the Test series it gives the tour selectors options in this important position."
Boucher retired after he required three hours of surgery on Monday night to help repair a lacerated eye he suffered against Taunton.
The 35-year-old was struck by a flying bail while standing up to the stumps and was immediately taken to hospital.
The extent of the damage to Boucher’s eye will be assessed on his return to South Africa, with the 35-year-old - who is the record-holder for most Test dismissals - revealing in a statement that he faced an “uncertain recovery”.