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Botha's action reported to ICC

Cricinfo staff and AFP

January 6, 2006

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Johan Botha's action has been reported after his debut Test © Getty Images
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Johan Botha, the South African offspinner, has been reported for having a suspect action following his Test debut at Sydney.

Chris Broad, the ICC match referee, said: "Concerns have been raised by the match officials over the general legality of his bowling action and, in particular, his 'doosra' and quicker deliveries when viewed with the naked eye. We are therefore requesting the ICC to commission a biomechanical report into the bowler's action in accordance with the process introduced last year."

Botha will be allowed to bowl for South Africa in this month's triangular one-day series against Australia and Sri Lanka and until the biomechanical report has been completed. He took 1 for 26 and 1 for 77 at the SCG as Australia won by eight wickets.

The report will be handled under the ICC's standard bowling review process. Botha will now undergo independent analysis of his action by a member of the ICC's panel of human movement specialists.

Gerald Majola, chief executive officer of Cricket South Africa, expressed his disappointment at the decision to report Botha. "He has bowled at first class domestic professional level for two seasons without once being reported for an unfair action by our leading umpires, match referees and players. We hope that Johan's promising career will continue to progress at a time when everybody in world cricket is trying to encourage the art of spin bowling in South Africa and elsewhere."

Meanwhile a South Africa team spokesman said Jacques Kallis would remain with the squad in Australia for the one-day series after checks on his elbow injury, while Nicky Boje, the left-arm spinner, and AB de Villiers, the opening batsman, will return home.

The South African team was also fined by Broad for a slow over-rate on the final day of the Sydney Test, with the players docked five percent of their match fees and Graeme Smith 10 percent.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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