Doosra ban helps Botha back to basics


Going back to basics and ditching his doosra after an international ban has revitalised Johan Botha’s career, the South African off-spinner said after his seven-wicket haul in the final test.
Botha returned match figures of seven for 102 against West Indies in only his third test to help South Africa clinch the series 2-0 on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old was called for a suspect action on his test debut against Australia in 2006. He was banned until he remodelled his action and subsequently cleared by the International Cricket Council.
Botha was then forced to undertake testing once again after his action was questioned in a one-day international against Australia and he was banned from bowling the doosra, or delivery which turns away from the right-hander.
“It has helped a bit, there are no more worries about my action and I can just concentrate on one or two things and keep it as simple as possible and that’s really helped,” he said.