Give AB a chance - Boucher

Retired Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has come out in support of AB de Villiers.

Proteas player AB de Villiers. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Retired Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has backed AB de Villiers to continue with the wicketkeeping duties going into the third and final Test against Australia in Perth on Friday and beyond.

In the four Tests since de Villiers has taken the gloves from Boucher, he has only scored between 40 and 47 runs only four times while batting at number five.

Boucher said he believes de Villiers will find his rhythm.

"AB at the moment is doing a great job. I know people are talking about his batting, but I believe he'll come good. For the last match, you don't want to have too many changes to disrupt the whole thing. It's a very big Test match coming up and they need to focus on that."

Boucher said it's only a matter of time till De Villiers hits a big score.

"He's not getting big scores at the moment but he is getting starts. It is going to take one bit of luck and a little bit of confidence from him to get over the 70 mark and I can sense a big 100 coming."

Meanwhile, all-rounder Jacques Kallis has been given until the last minute to prove his fitness.

Kallis suffered a hamstring injury during the second Test in Adelaide.

The 37-year-old scored 58 and 46 despite batting down the order.