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:-
1. The former cricketer had played for the South African national team between 2005 and 2012.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. He retired from international cricket after the 2012 World Twenty20, signing a contract to captain South Australia in Australian domestic cricket.
7. He was till recently only playing at the Twenty20 level, representing the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.