Johan Botha is an off spin bowler and lower order batsman who plays cricket for The Chevrolet Warriors at provincial level, the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, the Adelaide Strikers in the Australian Big Bash League, the South Australian Redbacks in the Ryobi One Day Cup and Sheffield Shield and for South Africa at national level. Botha began his football profile as an ordinary medium pacer for the Eastern Cape Warriors. A successful tour of Sri Lanka with the South Africa A side - in which he took key wickets as well as scoring runs - saw Botha's name penciled in as a potential spinning all-rounder. He played in the first match at Hyderabad and produced a spell of 31 runs from six overs with the wicket of Irfan Pathan, bowled through the gate. He made his Test debut against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2006 during the 2005–06 tour, and claimed batsman Mike Hussey as his first Test wicket. He made his comeback during the 2007 Afro-Asia Cup and returned to the South African one-day team during the tour of Pakistan in 2007–08. On 20 August 2010 Graeme Smith announced that he was to surrender the captaincy in T20 Internationals. Cricket South Africa subsequently handed over the captaincy to his deputy Botha. Botha also took the One-Day International captaincy after the 2011 Cricket World Cup when Smith gave up his ODI captaincy. The deciding factor was that Botha had led South Africa to a series win against Australia earlier in 2010. Botha's first match as permanent captain was on 7 October 2010 against Zimbabwe.