• Three bullet points on Botha’s birthday

    Former Proteas spinner Johan Botha turned 38 years old on Saturday, 2 May 2020. Botha played five Tests, 78 ODIs and 40 T20Is for South Africa between 2005 and 2012 before pursuing a career in Australia.

    Botha the beginner

    • Botha welcomed an international debut in the absence of fellow spinning all-rounder Nicky Boje, who had been accused of match-fixing in 2005. A year later, shortly after a promising Test debut, Botha was reported for an illegitimate arm action and banned from bowling by the International Cricket Council. He was later cleared, but in 2013 asked to be released from a Cricket South Africa contract to instead captain South Australia.

    Botha the captain

    • Botha captained the Proteas in ODI cricket 10 times. He lost only two of those matches. The eight wins included a series victory in Australia in 2009. He also captained the Proteas in 11 T20Is and won eight. South Africa beat former T20 World Cup champions Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates under Botha in 2010.

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    Botha the coach

    • Botha’s playing career ended during the Hobart Hurricanes’ 2018-19 Big Bash League campaign. He has since coached the Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League and Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League.

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