Proteas to make Boucher proud

Proteas batsman Jacques Rudolph says the team want to draw inspiration from Mark Boucher's absence.

Mark Boucher. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Proteas batsman Jacques Rudolph on Monday said the team want to draw inspiration from Mark Boucher's absence.

Boucher is recovering from surgery to a lacerated eyeball.

He was injured while playing against Somerset during a warm up game in England.

The 35-year-old wicketkeeper was hit in the face when the ball ricocheted off the stumps as Gemaal Hussain was bowled by Imran Tahir.

He has since announced his retirement from the international game.

The Proteas face England in the first Test at the Oval on Thursday.

Rudolph said they will be playing for Boucher

"What happened in Taunton was quite traumatic for the whole team, but we've decided to try and move on from that as quickly as possible especially from an emotional point of view. Boucher has played a big role in this team and I think his absence will give us an inspiration to do well for him."

Boucher is back in South Africa and is expected to undergo another surgery on Thursday.