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Boucher backs Gibbs

Cardiff: South Africa’s vice-captain Mark Boucher said on Friday that out-of-form opener Herschelle Gibbs was “due for a big score”.

Gibbs has managed just 11 runs in South Africa’s three one-day tri-series matches — in sharp contrast to his form in October when he became only the third player in history to make three successive ODI hundreds.

And Gibbs, twice dismissed for five in his previous two tri-series innings, was run out for one in Thursday’s seven-wicket win over England at Old Trafford.

But Boucher, speaking at the Sophia Gardens, said: “Herschelle was unlucky to be run out. That’s the kind of strange way you can get out when you’re out of form.”

And wicketkeeper Boucher joked of Gibbs. “Hersch is too laid back to start worrying.” But on a serious note he added: “Good players don’t get out too often. He’s due a big score. The bowlers weren’t put under too much pressure against the County sides. But they’ve started to find their lengths.”

That was certainly true of pacer Shaun Pollock, who took a miserly one for 21 from 10 overs against England at Old Trafford on Thursday. (AFP)

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