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SA v IND, 3rd Test: The way he has come through this series I am just at loss for phrases, says Boucher on Petersen – Cape Town News

Apart from successful the Player of the match, Petersen was adjudged ‘Player of the Series’ for being the very best run-scorer within the three-match series by amassing 276 runs in six innings at a mean of 46. “You get two youngsters (Petersen and Marco Jansen) who have just come into the side. Both of them deserve their little spotlights. Keegan didn’t start off in the West Indies like the way he might have wanted to, and then he didn’t start off too well at SuperSport Park. But he has always shown signs of the player that we are seeing right now,” stated Boucher within the put up-match press convention.

Boucher was hopeful of Petersen persevering with his spectacular run of kind in future at quantity three for South Africa. “He’s just stuck to his guns. He is in a good position to have a guy like Dean next to him who really does back him I think he’s a tough nut because batting at No 3 in Test cricket you have to be tough. You have to know your game, technically you have to be sound as well. For him hopefully he just gets better and better. It is a very tough conditions to play in our conditions here at three. The way he has come through this series I am just at loss for words, because in a big series against big players, he fully deserves it and I am very, very happy for him.”

Boucher additionally had phrases of reward for younger left-arm tempo all-rounder Marco Jansen, who was the second-highest wicket taker within the series with 19 scalps to his title at a mean of 16.47. Jansen was drafted into the Test facet after Anrich Nortje was dominated out as a result of a persistent hip harm. In his debut Test series, Jansen continued the development of younger all-rounder doing properly within the longest format towards India.

“A lot of people questioned his selection in the first Test. It was just a matter of time before he came through. He was with us in Pakistan and West Indies. We could see the skill-set that he possessed and the variation that he’s got that is hard to find nowadays. He didn’t start off too well and media jumped on him, which was quite unfair.”

“But after that first day everyone is probably looking at him now and saying what a find we’ve got in another addition to our bowling attack. He is only 21 years old and still has a lot of cricket to learn but we’ve seen great signs that he can bat as well so we feel that we’ve found a superstar in him and will get better.”

Boucher was happy by the efficiency of South Africa in a carefully-contested series, the place many critics hadn’t given them the possibility to win towards India even earlier than the matches started, particularly after shedding the primary Test at Centurion by 113 runs and Quinton de Kock made an abrupt retirement from the format.

“I believe we turned the corner quite a while ago. Our results have been pretty solid over the last six months to a year. We had the chance to try a few players. I think that’s starting to come good now because we started to get a depth of cricketers that we can turn to. When you lose out a guy like Anrich Nortje (hip injury), it was a big loss for us but then you get Marco coming to the side. I think we are in a good space at the moment. Our feet are firmly on the ground.”

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