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Andre Botha announces retirement

Posted by on May 5, 2011 0 Comment

Ireland allrounder Andre Botha has called time on his international career after struggling with injury in recent years.

Botha featured in the last two World Cups and made 141 appearances in all for Ireland, playing a key role in their development as a side to be feared.

However he played just two games at the recent World Cup due to injury, leading the 35-year-old to conclude that the time had come for him to hang up his boots.

“I have given this matter serious and long consideration, but ultimately have come to the conclusion that the time is right now,” said Botha.

“I can assure you it’s a matter I haven’t taken lightly, but sometimes your body makes up your mind for you.”

A bowling allrounder, Botha claimed 42 wickets in 42 one-day internationals at an average of 27, and averaged a shade under 20 with the bat.

His finest moment came when he took two for five as Ireland beat Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup in Jamaica.

“Andre has been an integral part of this Irish team’s success since his debut way back in 2001,” coach Phil Simmons said.

“He will be sorely missed, not only for his cleverly disguised slower balls or his trademark square cuts, but for his total dedication to the cause and the team.

“His courage continuing to represent Ireland with the different injuries he’s endured over the last couple of years has been incredible, and shows just what a big heart he has.” Cricket365

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