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Botha's bowling under ICC scrutiny

Rubbing salt to the injury? After losing the Sydney test, South Africa could lose their off-spinner too.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 16:51 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

The bowling action of South African off-spinner Johan Botha is to be investigated by the International Cricket Council (ICC), a team spokesman said after the third Test loss to Australia here on Friday.

Botha made his Test debut for the Proteas against the Australians and captured 1-26 and 1-77, but he has been reported by the game's world governing body for throwing.

The right-arm off-spinner has a controversial high action and bowls the doosra, which spins from leg-side to off-side for a right-handed batsman, and which was perfected by Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

The team spokesman said Botha would be allowed to bowl for South Africa in this month's triangular one-day series against Australia and Sri Lanka until the ICC officially began its investigation.

The spokesman said Jacques Kallis would be staying with the South African team in Australia for the one-day series after checks on his elbow injury, but left-arm spinner Nicky Boje and opening batsman AB de Villiers would be returning home.

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

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 16:51 IST