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Record-breaker Boucher says victory more important

KARACHI, Oct 3 (Reuters) South Africa's Mark Boucher said victory over Pakistan in the first test would be more important than his own feat of passing Ian Healy's world record mark for dismissals by a wicketkeeper.

Boucher made two stumpings in his 103rd test to left arm spinner Paul Harris to break Australian Healy's mark of 395 dismissals on the third day.

''Obviously it is a great feeling for me to break such a good wicketkeeper's record. But the bottom line for me is if we can pull off a win in this test. It will be probably be the cherry on top for me,'' Boucher said.

The feat helped dismiss the hosts for 291 before South Africa forged ahead to 76 for three to carve an overall lead of 235 runs with two days remaining.

''Healy is someone who I used to watch on TV and love the way he kept. So it is also sad to break such a good keeper's record.

But I have played enough tests so this had to come along,'' said Boucher.

Boucher said he had never been a person for stats but breaking Healy's record was probably the best milestone he had got.

Boucher also praised Harris and said his second stumping was not actually a stumping.

''It was an edge but we leave it as a stumping. Harry bowled really well he dried up one end for us in the day and bowled lot of pressure balls. It is great for South African cricket to have a spinner do that.'' ''The difference between Paul and other spinners is he is tall and gets bounce and consistently puts the ball in the right areas.'' REUTERS BJR KP2001

Story first published: Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 20:46 [IST]
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