Full name Johan Botha
Born May 2, 1982, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Current age 34 years 89 days
Major teams South Africa, Adelaide Strikers, Africa XI, Border, Delhi Daredevils, Eastern Province, Kolkata Knight Riders, Northamptonshire, Rajasthan Royals, South Australia, Sydney Sixers, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, Warriors
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||Australia v South Africa at Sydney, Jan 2-6, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v South Africa at Abu Dhabi, Nov 20-24, 2010 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v South Africa at Hyderabad (Deccan), Nov 16, 2005 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Mar 3, 2012 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Australia v South Africa at Brisbane, Jan 9, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India v South Africa at Colombo (RPS), Oct 2, 2012 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Tasmania v South Australia at Hobart, Dec 9-12, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000/01|
|Last List A||Tasmania v South Australia at Sydney, Oct 22, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Eastern Cape v Western Province Boland at Port Elizabeth, Apr 13, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder at Sydney, Jan 16, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/19, 3||Leo Lions||v Arabians||Dubai (DSC)||13 Feb 2016||Other T20|
|11, 1/17||Leo Lions||v Virgo SKings||Dubai (DSC)||12 Feb 2016||Other T20|
|2/40||Leo Lions||v Libra Lngds||Sharjah||7 Feb 2016||Other T20|
|1/20, 70||Leo Lions||v Sagittarius||Sharjah||6 Feb 2016||Other T20|
|27, 1/12||Leo Lions||v Virgo SKings||Sharjah||4 Feb 2016||Other T20|
|10*, 0/24||Leo Lions||v Arabians||Dubai (DSC)||30 Jan 2016||Other T20|
|42*, 1/22||Leo Lions||v Commanders||Dubai (DSC)||29 Jan 2016||Other T20|
|0/16, 4||Syd Sixers||v Syd Thunder||Sydney||16 Jan 2016||T20|
|1/45, 18*||Syd Sixers||v Heat||Sydney||10 Jan 2016||T20|
|7, 0/23||Syd Sixers||v Scorchers||Perth||2 Jan 2016||T20|
Johan Botha is the quintessential limited-overs player, who does several things well, adding value as a thrifty offspinner, a useful lower-order batsman and a fine fielder. During the late 2000s, he was a regular in South Africa's ODI and T20I squads, though his brand of economical offspin bowling was considered too limited to make him a regular in the longer format - he has played only five Tests for South Africa.
Botha's best suit is his offspin bowling: he is accurate, he varies his pace and length intelligently, and isn't afraid to bowl at any stage of an innings - attributes which made him a favourite in the limited-overs format. Between 2007 and 2011, Botha played 66 ODIs and took 64 wickets at an economy rate of 4.53. In the 2011 World Cup, he had a fine economy rate of 4.07 in the five matches he played. Before that, in 2009, he also led South Africa to an ODI series win against Australia in Australia in 2009.
However, throughout his career Botha has been plagued by question-marks about his bowling action. His action was cited on his Test debut in January 2006, and following testing at the University of Western Australia, he was banned by the ICC. Botha reworked his action but it was confirmed once again in September that he bent his arm more than 15 degrees. However, after another review in November, Botha's action was cleared by the ICC. More recently, he underwent biomechanical analysis and was cleared by Cricket Australia after being reported by the umpires in a domestic one-day match in October 2013.
Before Botha made his strides as a spinner, he was a medium pacer for the Eastern Cape Warriors - by his own admission he was quicker than 125 kmph. However, Mickey Arthur, the former South Africa coach, had a look at him in the nets and saw something else that Botha dropped his ambitions for speed. The move has served him well over a career that has lasted more than a decade.
South Africa Player of the Year 2008
Stats highlights from the fourth day's play in Antigua where Ashwin's maiden five-wicket haul outside Asia bowled India to an innings victory
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"
Returning to Test cricket after a long layoff, Mohammed Shami ran up with noticeably shorter strides and dismantled West Indies' top order with pace and bounce
Shorter matches spell good news for spectators and broadcasters. Cricket has a little to lose and a whole lot to gain by truncating its premier format
A crushing victory over Pakistan gave England plenty to be pleased about but familiar concerns remain over the make-up of the side
Sri Lanka's lead spinner must feel like a bus driver in charge of a spluttering vehicle as the hosts strive to challenge a strong Australian side