A medium pacer in his early cricket career in South Africa, Johan Botha turned to off-spin on the advice of future Australia coach Mickey Arthur.
After impressing for South Africa A in Sri Lanka, Botha earned his ODI debut in India in 2005 before making his Test debut against Australia just months later.
But he was reported and later suspended for an illegal bowling action, finally getting clearance to return to international cricket in late 2006.
He was reported again in 2009 and banned from bowling his doosra, which was found to have an extension of 26.7 degrees, well outside the permitted limit of 15 degrees.
He was allowed to continue playing and eventually took over from Graeme Smith as captain of both South Africa’s ODI and T20 sides.
Botha played 123 matches across three formats for his country before the shock announcement that he would move to Adelaide in 2012 to captain South Australia and the Strikers.
While the Redbacks struggled in his Botha’s first season at the helm, they lost just one Sheffield Shield match under his leadership in 2013-14 as he starred with bat and ball, finishing the season with 401 runs and 36 wickets from nine matches.
He has also been one of the Redbacks’ better players in the 50-over game and has been a crucial part of Adelaide’s side in the Big Bash League.
His bowling action was again reported by the umpires early in the 2013-14 season, but he was later cleared.