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Jul 19, 2012 at 09:47pm IST

Boucher positive after second surgery

Cape Town: Former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, who was forced to announce his international retirement after suffering an eye injury before the Test series with England, underwent further surgery on Thursday.

Boucher suffered a lacerated eye after being struck in the left eye by a bail during South Africa's warm-up match against Somerset earlier this month. The 35-year-old underwent a three-hour operation on Thursday when the blood that had accumulated, due to the trauma suffered by his eye after the injury and the subsequent initial surgery, was removed.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) said in a statement that "it was established that the important parts of the retina were intact".

Boucher positive after second eye surgery

Boucher suffered a lacerated eye after being struck in the left eye by a bail in a warm-up match against Somerset.

The statement added that "the outcome (for Boucher) looks very positive and the surgeon is pleased with the procedure", alleviating some of the concern that Boucher may lose his sight in the injured eye.

Boucher played in 147 Tests for his country and completed 555 dismissals in Tests, a world record.

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