Boucher showing positive signs - doctor

Mark Boucher announced his retirement from cricket on 10 July.

Mark Boucher walks back dejected after being dismissed during a test against India on 29 December 2010. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Cricket South Africa's medical head Dr Shuaib Manjra told Eyewitness News on Thursday that although Mark Boucher's eye injury is severe, the now retired veteran wicket keeper is showing positive signs.

Boucher retired from international cricket this week, after he was injured in a freak accident, during a match in England.

A bail ricocheted off the wickets, lacerating his left eye. Manjra said doctors believed the ball may have "hammered" the bail into his eye, causing deeper damage.

He had not been wearing a protective helmet nor glasses.

On Thursday, Boucher was examined by Cape Town doctors who said he was in high spirits.

"It is as severe as we initially thought," said Manjra.

"There's no doubt about that. There's universal consensus about it, so that's why some of the positive signs we saw today are very encouraging."

Manjra said there were several positive signs, including "no sign of infection."

He said Boucher could "see light, see direction of light and see movement."

Manjra said the impact of the accident was bigger than initially thought.

"We realised that if it was just the bail, it probably would not have done as much damage. We think it's the ball that followed the bail that hit him that had that affect on his eye."

Thami Tsolekile has been called up to the Proteas to replace Boucher, but batsman AB de Villiers is expected to keep wicket for South Africa in the first test at The Oval.