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South Africa's eagerly awaited tour of England got off to a gruesome start after their wicketkeeper Mark Boucher was forced to undergo emergency surgery after being hit in the eye by a flying bail.Boucher is reported to have suffered a laceration to the sclera, otherwise known as the white of the eyeball.
The horror incident happened on the first day of a two-day match at Taunton.
The bail came off a ball bowled by Imran Tahir and Boucher was powerless to avoid the bail's ricochet.
Tour officials are waiting to hear whether the surgery would rule Boucher out or the nine- week trip.But the injury could also signal a sad end to his 15-year international career.
6-4 2-6 6-4
7-5 3-6 5-7
6-4 4-6 6-0
3-6 7(7)-6 6-1
6-1 3-6 1-6
7-5 6-7(7) 6-3
7-5 4-6 6-3
Malawi 1 - 1 Zimbabwe (FT)
Qatar 3 - 1 Latvia (FT)
Venezuela 2 - 1 El Salvador (FT)
@stgeorgegroves good job tonight, looked on top form... Shame about the hat
.@ECB_cricket 337/7 end of day 2. Match report http://t.co/lqxgH9neCW and Trent Boult presser http://t.co/cazqFe569H on our site #engvnz ^RI
More AFL crowd racism emerges http://t.co/t74B9JzXMI
Tiger and Sergio I respect both of you and your golf so much plz end this y'all are so good for golf #justgetalongmyfriends
The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.