• Injury lays Botha low

    Former South Africa spinner Johan Botha has all but been ruled out of the remainder of South Australia’s Matador One-Day Cup campaign by a hamstring injury.

    Botha, who played in the opening two fixtures of Australia’s revamped limited-overs competition but missed the third, is expected to return ahead of the Redbacks’ first Sheffield Shield fixture – against Queensland – toward the end of October.
    ‘Johan sustained a hamstring strain in our second match of the Matador One-Day Cup and returned to Adelaide for monitoring,’ South Australia Cricket Association media advisor Fiona Crowe told SA Cricket magazine.
    ‘At this point it is looking unlikely he will return for the Matador One-Day Cup and we are hopeful he will be fit for the first match of the Sheffield Shield.’
    The veteran all-rounder played five Tests, 78 ODIs and 40 Twenty20 Internationals after November 2005’s international debut, before being released from Cricket South Africa’s contract list in 2012. The 32-year-old has since secured a relatively successful career as South Australia’s captain.

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