There is not much to say about this. The english seem to always have a poor keeper, with the exception of Jack Russel’s incredible SA tour years ago. Stewart was fairly decent, but Geraint Jones has had the limelight for too long.
Mark Boucher was voted as the best keeper in the world recently, which is strange as I am sure if AB de Villiers was given the gloves, Boucher would be the second best in SA!!! However Boucher is a vital cog in the ODI side, de Villiers has his own part to play, and they work well for South Africa.
Many years ago, Mark Boucher was relatively unknown when selected, and pipped the popular choice of Nic Pothas, a man who was fantastic behind the stumps and could occasionaly contribute with the bat. Nic stayed in South Africa hoping his chance would come, and it eventually did, against Pakistan in 2000. He managed to play 3 ODI for SA, in Boucher’s absence then he was again discarded.
Pothas realised that his international future was not going to be based in South Africa, and promptly moved over to the UK, representing Hampshire. These days he has transformed from a specialist wicketkeeper, that could scratch a few runs to a batsman worth fearing. He now has 19 hundreds and 43 fifties to his credit, and average of 40.32 and scored over 8000 runs. (courtesy of cricinfo) He is a man that if selected, as he is know available for selection, will show to the rest of the players that you are never to old to represent your country. It will also indicate that the side hasbeen chosen on form not past performance. It is in Englands best interests to select this man, wait and see.