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Boucher v McCullum looms ... and there's a feisty history

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Mark Boucher and Brendon McCullum in an ODI in 2007 (Getty Images)
Mark Boucher and Brendon McCullum in an ODI in 2007 (Getty Images)
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This week's confirmation of New Zealander Brendon McCullum as head coach of England's Test cause tees up his return to combat with another renowned, square-jawed wicketkeeper-batsman in the shape of South Africa's Mark Boucher.

Only this time, it will be in a slightly different guise for the respective masterminds as both remain safely behind the ropes in the looming, appealing three-Test series - starting at Lord's from 17 August - between the powers.

Apart from falling strongly in line with the reputation for glovemen being single-minded, pugnacious individuals - and not averse to exchanging a sharp word or two in the heat of battle - both are highly decorated individuals as players.

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