Top 10 South African middle order batsmen of all time
As a cricketing nation, South Africa is right up there with the very best due to their achievements and the sort of cricketers that they have produced throughout their stellar history.
Whether one wants to talks about fast bowlers, wicketkeepers, fielders and batsman, one or two South Africans will always be in the conversation.
Among the batsmen, the nation has produced some of the finest middle-order batsmen to played Test cricket and that is a staggering achievement considering the fact that they had been boycotted by the rest of the cricketing world for around two decades.
So, here is a look at the best middle-order batsmen that have ever represented the rainbow nation.
#10 Mark Boucher
The feisty South African wicketkeeper-batsman batted at several positions in the batting order but it was at number 7 that he batted on most occasions during the course of his Test career that spanned 15 years and 147 Test matches.
Mark Bouncer debuted for South Africa in 1997 and bowed out in 2012, but during the period he became a highly dependable number 7 batsman for the side. As a batsman, Boucher often made telling contributions for his side in the middle-order and it was his orthodox technique that served him well during his career.
When required he could unfurl the strokes as well and perhaps that was more on show in one-dayers than in Test cricket. In the 117 games in which he batted in the middle-order, Boucher made 3938 runs at an average of 28.74 and made 3 centuries. He also scored 23 half-centuries.