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Mark Boucher named new South Africa head coach
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Mark Boucher named new South Africa head coach

Mark Boucher has been appointed as the South Africa head coach until 2023 with Enoch Nkwe has been confirmed as the assistant coach.

The announcement was made in a press conference called by Cricket South Africa interim director of cricket Graeme Smith.

Boucher, who had a distinguished career as South Africa's premier wicketkeeper-batsman for almost 15 years, takes over the reins at a time when the CSA is subject to a number of crises ranging from the withdrawal of a major sponsor to the suspension of previous chief executive due to charges of misconduct.

Commenting on the need for selecting Boucher for the important role, Smith felt his former teammate's experience would uplift the fortunes of the struggling Proteas' Test unit.

“I have brought Boucher on board because I feel he will bring the toughness to turn a young and inexperienced Proteas squad into a battle-ready outfit," he said at the media briefing.

"With his experience of a long career as an international cricketer, he has first-hand experience of what it takes to succeed in the Test arena."

Meanwhile, Smith added more appointments were on the cards in the batting and bowling departments whereas assistant coach Nkwe was being provided a clear pathway to progress forward.

“I have the highest regard for Enoch as well and I want to create a clear path for him to grow into a top international coach.

“At the same time there is a clear need to maintain continuity and stability in the Proteas management team and we will be retaining the technical support staff along with Volvo Masubelele continuing as team manager and Justin Ontong as fielding coach.

“I will be appointing batting and bowling consultants, and these will be announced in the next couple of days,” Smith said.

Among other announcements, it was revealed that Ashwell Prince would fulfill coaching duties for the South Africa A side while Faf du Plessis will continue as the team's Test captain.

Boucher, 43, has coached the South African domestic team Titans since August 2016, years after his premature retirement due to a freak eye injury.

The 147-Test veteran claimed to have been approached for assuming the coaching position a few days ago.

He also sounded a warning to the travelling England side, against whom South Africa will play a four-Test series starting December 26.

"I look forward to the challenge against England. I know that they have been saying quite a few things in the media and probably rightly so, but I have something to say to them; Beware of the wounded buffalo, especially in Africa," Boucher said.