South Australian Johan Botha has withdrawn his appeal against a one-match suspension from the Sheffield Shield for ball tampering.
South Australian captain Johan Botha has withdrawn his appeal against a one-match ban for ball tampering and will miss the Redbacks’ crucial Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania starting on Tuesday.
Cricket Australia on Friday suspended Botha under their code of behaviour for the final-round match, which will determine whether SA reach the final for the first time since their 1995-96 win.
Botha admitted to ball tampering last week but was to appeal the ban at a hearing in Adelaide on Monday, before deciding on Sunday to cop his punishment on the chin.
The former South African international was cited on two separate code of behaviour breaches from SA’s draw against NSW last week, after he was also reprimanded for using “obscene, offensive and insulting” language during NSW’s first innings.
However, it’s the more serious offence of tampering with the condition of the ball that he’s been suspended for.
Botha’s actions were found to be contrary to the spirit of the game, harmful to the interests of cricket and bringing the game into disrepute.
South Australia are locked on 26 competition points along with Western Australia and NSW heading into the final round, and will want to beat the Tigers in Hobart to put their berth in the Shield final beyond doubt.
A loss or draw would take destiny out of their hands, with the Warriors and Blues facing each other in Canberra and Queensland also an outside chance if they beat Victoria.