Medical advice forces Botha into retirement

Warwickshire slow left-armer Ant Botha has been forced to retire from county cricket because of a persistent elbow injury.

The 34-year-old English-qualified South African underwent elbow surgery last winter and suffered a recurrence of the injury recently forcing him to call time on his career on medical advice.

“It’s a sad day but I have known for about a month that it was coming but I’ve got some found memories of a sixteen-year career,” Botha said.

Botha did a domestic double with Natal in 1998/99 and won South Africa’s four-day competition again when he moved to Easterns.

He joined Derbyshire in 2004 and switched to Warwickshire mid-season in 2007. He helped them win Division Two titles in both the County Championship and 40-over competition in his first two seasons at Edgbaston and collected another winner’s medal last season when he played in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final victory over Somerset at Lord’s.

Having spent most of last season as back-up to overseas leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Botha was expected to be Warwickshire’s first choice spinner this year but he suffered a knee injury that required surgery in May.

Having recovered from that injury, Botha’s elbow problem flared up again in the latter stages of the Friends Life t20 forcing him into early retirement.

Botha is uncertain what the future holds but he is keen to retain an involvement in the game. “My wife and I have some business ideas and we are waiting to see how they pan out,” he said.

“But I would like to stay involved in the game in some capacity. I enjoy coaching and that is something that I will have a look at.”

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