Bangalore: Mark Boucher is a man dead set on making a return to South Africa's one-day side. Earlier this week, towards the end of a media interaction during which he calmly dealt with questions on topics ranging from the migration of South African cricketing talent to his decision to move to the Cape Cobras next season, he was asked who he thought could continue the tradition of high-quality wicket-keeping in South Africa.
He took a couple of seconds to frame his answer, and it wasn't till he had made it absolutely clear that he considered himself the man who should don the gloves for South Africa that he mentioned some other contenders.
"Quite a few names have been thrown around," he said. "But you know, it's actually up to the guys to put their hands up and say, 'Okay, fine, that is my position'. It's quite difficult for me to answer that question because I still feel I'm good enough to be there, and I still want to be there, I'm passionate enough to want to play for my country. So I don't want to look too far behind me, I'd rather look in front. Yeah, there have been a couple of names mentioned - Daryn Smit, Heino Kuhn, Thami Tsolekile - but ultimately if you want to play for your country, you got to be a lot better than the rest."