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Twitter pays tribute to Mark Boucher on his retirement

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Stuart Thomas: Senior Reporter
Stuart Thomas joined the Burn Media team in 2011 while finishing off an MA in South African Literature. Eager to prove his geek credentials, he allowed himself... More

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The retirement of South African wicket keeper Mark Boucher from international cricket has resulted in a wave of tributes from Twitter users around the world.

The player made the announcement shortly after it was revealed that emergency eye surgery would keep him out of the Proteas’ upcoming English tour. His name quickly became a globally trending topic on Twitter:

Most lamented the way Boucher was forced to walk away from the game:

Many paid tribute to his achievements on the field:

There were, of course, some who suggested that the keeper’s retirement was long overdue:

Boucher sustained the injury after a bail flew off the top pf the stumps in South Africa’s warm up match against Somerset.

The 36-year-old end his career with 999 test dismissals, a world record. Boucher played his first match for South Africa in 1997 against Pakistan.