Saturday, October 31, 2009

Botha action cleared

South Africa limited-overs vice-captain Johan Botha has been cleared of a suspect bowling action, just over a week after it was questioned in a domestic first-class game.

The Proteas bowler and his Warriors team-mate Rusty Theron had their actions reported by umpires Johanes Cloete and Marais Erasmus during a Supersport Series match against the Dolphins in Port Elizabeth.

The pair were sent for precautionary tests and were examined in Cape Town under the supervision of the national bowling coach, Vincent Barnes.

Botha has been given the go-ahead to continue playing, even though it is the third time in his career that the off-break bowler has been reported.

"We are satisfied with the preliminary results of the tests carried out on their respective bowling actions," said Gerald Majola, chief executive officer of Cricket South Africa.

"And these actions fall within the prescribed laws governing fair bowling."

During the series against Australia earlier this year, umpires Rudi Koertzen, Brian Jerlingand Asoka de Silva reported Botha, who has played 48 one-day internationals and 15 Twenty20 internationals for the Proteas, for a suspect quicker ball and doosra.

The 27-year-old was consequently barred from using the doosra following testing in Australia.

Botha's action was first challenged during his Test debut in the same country three years ago.

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