Mark Boucher’s eye injury is cause for concern
Pete Trego responded to his recent omission from Somerset’s Twenty20 side by scoring a brilliant century against South Africa – but an encouraging day for the hosts was marred by a ‘significant’ eye injury to Mark Boucher.
The tourists’ wicketkeeper suffered a laceration to his left eye – referred to by South Africa team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee as an ‘eyeball rupture’ – and was last night undergoing surgery.
Boucher was injured in freak circumstances when team-mate Imran Tahir bowled Gemaal Hussain and a bail flew up and struck him in the left eye. It is unclear whether Boucher, a veteran of 147 Tests, will fully recover the sight in his left eye, let alone play any part in the forthcoming series against England.
There was obvious concern for the 35-year-old from both changing rooms – and centurion Trego said: “The eyes are so crucial and all of our thoughts are with him – not just to get back for the Test series but hopefully nothing serious has happened, because sight is a very precious thing.”
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Trego and Boucher were the two main stories on an eventful first day of the tour match at Taunton, in which the hosts slumped to 6-2 and 32-4, before a superb partnership of 183 between Trego (104) and fellow centurion James Hildreth (100) steered Somerset to 312-8, at which point they declared.
Craig Meschede contributed an unbeaten 50 before Somerset’s declaration – and, although the tourists fell to 19-2 in reply, they had recovered to 96-2 by the close.
For Trego, who was left out of Somerset’s Friends Life t20 losses against Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, it was a bittersweet day.
“I’ve almost got mixed emotions, because I’m obviously elated to score a hundred, but, on the flipside of that, it has capped a very frustrating passage in my career,” he said.
In explaining Boucher’s injury, Dr Moosajee said: “It’s certainly a significant injury but I’m remaining as positive as I can. I don’t think he’s going to be ready for the first Test – if not the series.
“But I would rather wait and see the outcome of the operation.
“As we all know with eye injuries, one cannot predict and that’s why the surgeon felt it was important they did the surgery ASAP. From a medical point of a view, a lot depends on whether you have damage to the retina. It is a concern but we have to remain positive.”