Ant Botha ready for return to action with Warwickshire
Ant Botha intends to make a big contribution to Warwickshire’s season after winter surgery to correct an ongoing elbow problem.
The spin-bowling all-rounder was troubled by tendonitis from April last year and had to have the injury constantly managed to enable him to play regularly.
To clear the problem long-term, his troublesome right elbow underwent an operation at season’s end. And the move was a success.
Although there is some residual soreness, Botha is fit to play a full part this year – and looking forward to forging a spin alliance with overseas signing Imran Tahir.
“Having Imran here is a massive boost,” he said. “He is a world-class bowler and hopefully together we can work really well.
“His arrival might mean I sit out the odd four-day game but so be it. It’s great to have him on board and hopefully we can do a good job together.
"My op was a success. It is a very frustrating injury but it’s coming on the right way, it just needs a lot of nurturing. My bowling is fine, the elbow just gets a bit stiff if I bat for any length of time. I just have to watch my workload.”
Botha sat out the championship opener against Yorkshire last week but will come into contention in four-day cricket when the pitches are more spin-friendly and the Bears want to play two slow bowlers.
The former Derbyshire player showed what he can do in first-class cricket by spinning Warwickshire to victory over Sussex at Hove late last season,
“I will just do what I can do and control what I can control and try to make sure we win something this year,” Botha said. “With a combination of the weather and everything last season I don’t think I bowled for a month and a half.
“I’ll do my best but the encouraging thing here is we have such a good team ethos. We are all pulling in the same direction."