Wednesday 15 April 2009 

Arthur Confident That Botha Will Be Cleared Again

Arthur Confident That Botha Will Be Cleared Again
Arthur Confident That Botha Will Be Cleared Again
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South African coach Mickey Arthur is confident that off-spinner Johan Botha will be cleared to continue bowling at international level following his action being reported for the second time in three years.

The umpires during Monday's fourth One Day International against Australia in Port Elizabeth reported Botha with his doosra and quicker delivery coming in for scrutiny.

“Johan has been through this process before and was cleared to continue his career and I am confident that this will happen again,” Arthur said. “I don’t believe anything major has changed in his action since then but we will obviously respect the process and the outcome.

“Johan is a man of tremendous self belief and character. He has shown that both in the way he dealt with the original setback in 2006 and again by the manner in which he led the Standard Bank ODI squad when Graeme Smith was injured.

“And, with the support of his team mates and management, I am sure he will put this latest setback behind him as well,” Arthur added.

South Africa, 3-1 up in the series, take on Australia in the final match in Johannesburg on Friday.

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