May 22, 2022

Boucher: India tour in South Africa, a chance for Proteas to “do something special”

South African coach Mark Boucher

  • Proteas coach Mark Boucher said the all-format tour to India will test all of his team’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • The tour will be India’s first since the 2017/18 season.
  • Boucher is also looking for resting and rotating players for the ODI series from the Netherlands.

Proteas coach Mark Boucher has said the all-format tour of India which kicks off in mid-next month will ask all the questions necessary for his accusations.

The tour will not only be a source of money for the hosts, but a chance for the visitors to claim their very first Test Series victory in South Africa.

After having scalped Australia and England in their respective dens, South Africa remains the last frontier of India from the point of view of the Test.

They bonded in 2006/07 when they won the first test, but spat the dummy in the following two to concede the series.

India drew a 2010/11 series, but the 2013/14 and 2017/18 series were both claimed by South Africa.

Boucher doesn’t expect his team to come out unscathed, and he pointed to India’s great improvement on the road.

“Unscathed is a particularly interesting word to use, but we are up against an Indian home team which is among the best in the world,” said Boucher.

“If you look at where we are as a test group, we continue to grow and we always try to find our marks with certain positions.

“It will be a good challenge and a good test for us. We did well in the West Indies, but we haven’t played a home test in a while.

“It’s not about coming out unscathed, but coming out with the opportunity to do something special and beat India.

“If we don’t, we will obviously learn the lessons and come out as a better cricket team.”

While the Proteas have a limited but crucial series against the Netherlands at the end of the month to sail, Boucher has been unequivocal on how the Indian series will frame their summer.

The Netherlands series is also important for 2023 World Cup points, but Boucher is also looking to rest and turn the players without the disastrous loss they suffered against Ireland.

“The focus has shifted to the Netherlands because there are games there that we have to win in order to qualify for the World Cup,” said Boucher.

“However, we can’t look past the all-important test series against India, where there is the white ball against India.

“We will select the Netherlands team and try to fit in some of the rest and recovery that will be necessary for some of our testers and guys of all formats.

“It will be a balance between resting a few guys, giving some guys time while thinking about the results needed.”