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Botha reported for suspect action again

SOUTH Africa spinner Johan Botha faces a second suspension after he was reported by match officials for a suspect bowling action during the one-day international victory over Australia at Port Elizabeth.

Botha took 1-48 in South Africa's 61-run victory on Monday and the International Cricket Council announced on Tuesday that on-field umpires Brian Jerling and Asoka de Silva and third umpire Rudi Koertzen were concerned about his quicker delivery and his "doosra." Botha was suspended in February 2006 for a month for an illegal bowling action after an independent report identified excessive levels of straightening in both his off-break and doosra. The doosra is held by the bowler in the same way as for an offspinner, but Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq and Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan have bamboozled batsmen by turning the delivery into a leg break.


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