Botha's action under suspicion again

Australia

Former South Africa spinner Johan Botha has again been asked to undergo testing after being cited for a doubtful bowling action while playing for South Australia.

Former South Africa spinner Johan Botha has again been asked to undergo testing after being cited for a doubtful bowling action while playing for South Australia.

The skipper has been in trouble for a suspect action more than once. In 2006 he was banned twice by the ICC and had to have corrective training, and in 2009 he was banned from bowling the doosra, but his other deliveries were deemed legal.

The Cricket Australia rules say that a player has to undergo biomechanical testing if even one complaint is made about his action, and he has 14 days to get that done. He is still eligible to play for his state though.

CA announced: "Under CA's Doubtful Bowling Action Procedure, a bowler must undergo testing after a single mention for a suspected illegal bowling action in an interstate season. CA's policy requires cited bowlers to undergo testing within 14 days of being notified."

Botha's state team acknowledged the time frame in which testing had to be done, saying: "We acknowledge that there is a process to be undertaken and the SACA will support Johan and work with him though 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."

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