Johan Botha must undergo action testing as David Warner fails to make the grade

South Australia off-spinner Johan Botha has been cited for a doubtful bowling action for the third time in his career. The South African will undergo biomechanical analysis on his action, but can continue to bowl until the process is completed. 

If the 31-year-old is found to have an illegal action, he will be subject to a suspension from bowling, although he could feasibly play as a specialist batsman.

Botha, who is captaining the Redbacks in their ongoing Ryobi Cup campaign, must undergo testing with Cricket Australia during the next fortnight.

Johna Botha at a training session at the Adela...

Johan Botha in his days with South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SA general manager high performance Jamie Cox said: “We acknowledge that there is a process to be undertaken, and the SACA (South Australian Cricket Association) will support Johan and work with him through this process.

“Johan will continue to lead our team in this week’s RYOBI one-day cup fixtures, and will complete the biomechanical analysis within the 14-day timeframe given by Cricket Australia.

“Johan has been through this process before. We support him in going through this process again.”

The last two times Botha has been reported, in 2006 and 2009, he has been either banned from bowling completely or banned from bowling a specific delivery, in the latter case his doosra.

Meanwhile, David Warner is in hot water again, the Sydney Morning Herald are reporting.

The Australian international will have to explain his actions to the New South Wales hierarchy after opting to skip his duties with club side Randwick Petersham at the weekend.

All Blues’ players were expected to play in the Sydney grade competition in the build-up to today’s Ryobi Cup match against Victoria, which they lost by two wickets.

Instead, Warner opted to skip the second day of the match against Northern District in favour of having a private net session. He is then thought to have gone Epsom day at Randwick racecourse.

Randwick were due to field on Saturday, which Warner opted against doing, They had to field with ten men. Warner, who recorded an eight-ball duck against Victoria, is due to meet NSW chief executive Andrew Jones tomorrow (Tuesday).

Earlier this year, Warner was disciplined by Cricket Australia for his involvement in a Twitter argument with journalists before being suspended from the Ashes tour in England for punching Joe Root in a Birmingham bar following Australia’s Champions Trophy loss to the hosts.

He returned for the last three Tests, and he is expected to be a major player for Australia in the return series in November.

James Buttler

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