Cape Town, Aug 21: South African team having scaled up to the top after defeating England 2-0 in the Test series, to become No 1 dedicated their series win to former wicket-keeper batsman Mark Boucher who was forced to announce his retirement from international cricket following a freak eye injury.
In the absence of Kevin Pietersen, England fell short by 51 runs to lose their numero one position to South Africa in Tests on Monday.
Graeme Smith after the team's 51 run victory over England, also wrote 'We miss you Bouch' on his shirt during the post-match conference.
"It was a tribute from the team. It was meant to be his 150th test. He's been an integral part of the Proteas family for so long and it was something as a team we felt we wanted to do," Smith said.
A freak eye injury cut short Boucher's international career as he was struck by a bail during their tour match, which forced him to announce retirement as there were too many complications and doctors had told him he could not recover complete vision.
Following which Mark Boucher bid adieu to international cricket. Boucher who has undergone an eye surgery and recovering from the same, was quick to respond to the gestures from his South African team mates and tweeted on a social networking site.
"Thnx @GraemeSmith49, the Proteas squad and 2 all the messages from everyone!That was a special touch! Proud to have been apart of that squad," Boucher tweeted.