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  • Johan Botha retires from all forms: Time has come for me to move on to the next phase

    first_imgJohan Botha retires from all forms: Time has come for me to move on to the next phaseJohan Botha played for South Africa in five Test matches, 78 one-day internationals and 40 T20 Internationals from 2005 to 2012.advertisement Press Trust of India HobartJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 11:27 IST Johan Botha had received his Australian citizenship in 2016 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBotha’s Big Bash League team Hobart Hurricanes announced the news on TwitterBotha cited wear and tear on his body and sheer physical fatigue as the reason behind his decisionFormer South Africa all-rounder Johan Botha has announced his immediate retirement from all forms of cricket.Botha’s Australian Twenty20 league team, the Hobart Hurricanes, announced the news late Wednesday.It said Botha cited “wear and tear on his body and sheer physical fatigue.””It is obviously a very emotional moment for me, but I just feel deep down that the time has come for me to move onto the next phase of my career.”Cricket has been a part of my life for 19 years & a dream of mine to play at this level since I can remember. I have always left everything out there on the field, but at the moment I just feel like it’s time for me to step aside & let the next players come through.”Coming into this current season I had some injury concerns & getting through every game has become harder. This has given me the final nudge to make this very difficult but important decision, to hang up my boots for good.”Thank you to my amazing wife for always being there for me, there’s so many things we have gone through that no one else will ever know!,” Botha wrote on Hobart Hurricanes’ website.The 36-year-old Botha, who received his Australian citizenship in 2016, failed to take a wicket during Wednesday’s nine-wicket loss to the Sydney Sixers.”To the Hobart Hurricanes, thank you for making my last season one I will remember forever… I will be your number one supporter.”Johan Botha has provided the cricketing world with this letter following his retirement last night: https://t.co/xdMJO4Bog1.#TasmaniasTeam #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/m99HrBA6w4advertisementHobart Hurricanes (@HurricanesBBL) January 24, 2019He had played all 10 matches for the first-place Hurricanes this season. Botha played for South Africa in five Test matches, 78 one-day internationals and 40 T20 Internationals from 2005 to 2012.Botha captained the Proteas in 10 ODIs and took the team to the No. 1 ranking after they defeated Australia 4-1 in Australia in 2009.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Johan BothaFollow johan botha retiresFollow South Africa cricketFollow Big Bash LeagueFollow Hobart Hurricaneslast_img read more