Johan Botha Biography
Johan Botha born on 2 May 1982. He is a former South African international cricketer. Born in Johannesburg, Botha represented the South African under-19s at the 2000 Under-19 World Cup, and made his first-class debut for Eastern Province later in the year, aged 18. An all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm off-spin, he made his international debut in November 2005, in a One Day International (ODI) against India. He played for the South African national team between 2005 and 2012. He moved to Australia in 2012 to play in that country’s domestic leagues, and in 2016 became an Australian citizen.
Botha’s Test debut came in January 2006, against Australia, although at the end of the match he was reported for an illegal bowling action (an issue that arose on several more occasions). He would play only five Test matches in total during his career, the last of which came in 2010. On 20 August 2010 Graeme Smith announced that he was to surrender the captaincy in T20 Internationals but continue playing in the format. Cricket South Africa subsequently handed over the captaincy to his deputy Botha. He also took the One-Day International captaincy after the 2011 Cricket World Cup when Smith gave up his ODI captaincy.