Veteran South African all-rounder Johan Botha retires from all forms of cricket

Veteran South African all-rounder Johan Botha has announced his immediate retirement from all forms of cricket. The cricketer cited wear and tear on his body and sheer physical fatigue as the main reason behind the decision.

The news of his retirement was announced on the official website of Botha's Australian Twenty20 league team, the Hobart Hurricanes on January 23, 2019. The 36-year-old played for South Africa in five test matches, 78 one-day internationals and 40 T20 Internationals from 2005 to 2012.

About Johan Botha

The former cricketer had played for the South African national team between 2005 and 2012.

In 2012, he made the decision to move to Australia to play in the country's domestic leagues and in 2016 he was officially granted Australian citizenship.

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 in the same year at the age of 18.

The all-rounder was a right-hand batsman and right-arm off-spin bowler. He made his international debut in November 2005, in a One Day International (ODI) against India.

His test debut came in January 2006 against Australia, although at the end of the match he was reported for an illegal bowling action.

In his entire cricketing career, he played only five Test matches, the last of which came in 2010.

He had much greater success in the limited-overs formats, representing South Africa at the 2009 World Twenty20, 2009 Champions Trophy, 2010 World Twenty20, 2011 World Cup and the 2012 World Twenty20.

He captained the team for periods at both ODI and Twenty20 International level, generally during the absence of more senior players. In total, he captained the team in 10 ODIs and took it to the No. 1 ranking after they defeated Australia 4-1 in Australia in 2009.

He retired from international cricket after the 2012 World Twenty20, signing a contract to captain South Australia in Australian domestic cricket.

He was till recently only playing at the Twenty20 level, representing the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.

He has also made appearances in the Indian Premier League and the Caribbean Premier League.

Switching of Nationalities

Johan Botha had switched nationalities in 2012, to give a shot to his talent in the Australian cricketing circuit.

Swapping nationalities meant he was playing in the BBL not as an overseas recruit but as a local Australian player, leaving room for his franchise to rope in another overseas player.

He had played for the Sydney Sixers in the previous edition of the Big Bash League.

The decision to quit the sport has come midway through the 2018-19 edition of the Big Bash League.

This season, he was playing for the Hobart Hurricanes and he had failed to take a wicket during his team’s nine-wicket loss to the Sydney Sixers.

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