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Former South Africa international and Hobart Hurricanes spinner Johan Botha has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket effective immediately.

Botha made the announcement after Hobart's loss to the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League at the SCG.

The 36-year-old cited wear and tear on his body and sheer physical fatigue behind his sudden retirement.

The decision comes as the Hurricanes top the BBL charts as arguably the team to beat for the title despite last night's loss.

Botha has been the Hurricanes most economical bowler this season taking eight wickets at an economy rate of 7.44.

Botha ended his international career with South Africa in 2012 after five Tests, 78 ODIs and 40 T20Is in a span of eight years. He captained South Africa in 21 matches across ODI and T20I cricket for 16 victories between 2008 and 2012.

He then moved to Australia to play for South Australia, captained the Redbacks in Australian domestic cricket and became an Australian citizen in 2016. He also represented Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers in the BBL before moving to the Hurricanes this season.