Botha relieved with return
Johan Botha expressed his relief at being able to resume his international career after his bowling action was cleared.
Last Updated: 13/05/09 12:29pm
South African spinner Johan Botha expressed his relief at being able to resume his international career after having his bowling action cleared.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared Botha's bowling action after tests were performed on it, although he has been banned from bowling his 'doosra' delivery.
The 26-year-old has spent the last few weeks in Perth, where his action was being examined after being reported during the recent series against Australia for a suspect quicker ball and doosra.
Now he has been cleared though, the Proteas vice-captain can play at the World Twenty20 in England next month, which has left him ecstatic.
"I am looking forward to playing my next match for the Proteas and linking up with my team-mates for the forthcoming ICC World T20 in England," Botha said.
"I have been bowling regularly in the nets and am happy with the way everything has been going."
Cricket South Africa (CSA) also welcomed the news, which showed that the amount of elbow extension in Botha's bowling action for both his off-break delivery and arm-ball was within the 15-degree level of tolerance.
The mean elbow extension was 12.2 degrees for the off-break and 11.1 degrees for the arm-ball with no single delivery of those types proving to be illegal. None of his doosra deliveries fell within the legal limit.
"We welcome the positive outcome of the tests on Johan Botha after his citing by match officials towards the end of the recent tour by Australia," said CSA chief executive Gerald Majola.
"CSA has the utmost confidence in Johan's ability as a top-class off-spin bowler.
"The ICC tests have found fault with his doosra, and CSA and Johan will abide by this finding.
"But what is most important is that Johan remains available to play cricket at the highest level and continue to be an asset for the Proteas and his country."