SuperSport Series 2009-10 October 22, 2009

Botha and Theron reported for suspect actions

Cricinfo staff

Warriors bowlers Johan Botha and Rusty Theron are to undergo tests in Cape Town next week after their actions were reported by the match officials during last weekend's SuperSport Series match against Dolphins at St George's.

"This is being done as a precautionary measure and the testing will take place in Cape Town under the supervision of the national bowling coach, Vincent Barnes," a Cricket South Africa release said today.

The latest move comes as another setback in the career of Botha (27), the South African ODI and Twenty20 vice-captain, whose doosra was deemed illegal by the ICC in May this year. Botha was initially reported by umpires Rudi Koertzen, Brian Jerling and Asoka de Silva after the fourth ODI between South Africa and Australia for a suspect quicker ball and doosra. He was subsequently tested at the University of Western Australia by Bruce Elliott; the same biomechanist who examined Botha's action when he was previously called in 2006.

Botha's doosra was measured at 26.7 degrees by Elliott, and was banned until the bowler proved he could deliver it at a flexion limit of less than 15 degrees.

But Botha received a go-ahead from the authorities to play in the World Twenty20 and the Champions Trophy after his offbreak (12.2 degrees) and arm-ball (11.1 degrees) measured within the ICC's parameters. He has also since signed an IPL contract with the Rajasthan Royals.

Right-arm fast bowler Theron and Botha managed match hauls of eight and six wickets respectively against Dolphins to take Warriors to the top of the points table with two matches played. Both players are currently involved in Warriors' current match in East London against the Lions.

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