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Boucher happy to take the blame

19th January 2020, 18:37 by Tom Hill

South Africa coach Mark Boucher claims he will shoulder the blame after England moved closer to winning the third Test.

England captain Joe Root claimed his best-ever bowling figures as he took four wickets for just 31 wins on Sunday.

The hosts are now 188 runs behind England after ending day four on 102-6, with paceman Mark Wood also chipping in to help Root.

Stuart Broad starred in the morning session as South Africa added just one run to their overnight total of 208-6 and Boucher says he has plenty of work to do as he tries to rally the troops.

He told AFP: "It's very disappointing. Ultimately I've got to take responsibility for the performance of the team -– how do I mentally and physically upskill these guys in a short period of time to make them better players?

"I've been in teams where we've been pretty low as well. Yes, we're in a bad situation in this particular game, but we're not out of the series yet. I have to find a way to get the guys ready for tomorrow and for the last Test match as well."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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