Australia news November 25, 2016

Botha granted Australian citizenship

ESPNcricinfo staff

Johan Botha has played all seasons of the Big Bash League so far and will turn out for the Sydney Sixers in the upcoming edition © Getty Images

Former South Africa limited-overs captain Johan Botha has been given Australian citizenship after moving to the country four years ago.

Botha, who captained South Africa in 10 ODIs and 11 T20Is between 2008 and 2012, played the last of his international matches for the side in October 2012.

He was released from his CSA contract after the 2012 World T20 and moved to Australia to take up the role of South Australia's captain. He captained for only one season but went on to take 64 wickets over three seasons for the side, in 23 matches.

Botha has played all seasons of the Big Bash League so far, first for the Adelaide Strikers and then the Sydney Sixers, taking 22 wickets in 35 matches. He will turn out for the Sixers in the upcoming tournament. The Sixers confirmed that Botha will be classified as a local player in the tournament.

Overall, Botha played five Tests, 78 ODIs and 40 T20Is between November 2005 and October 2012. He took 17 Test wickets and had 72 and 37 dismissals in ODIs and T20Is respectively. He led South Africa to eight wins each in ODIs and T20Is.

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  • Sohan on November 30, 2016, 13:17 GMT

    Unfortunate for South Africa.

  • Brokensaint on November 26, 2016, 5:04 GMT

    yet another victim of quotas. a great player that had a lot to offer south africa but was forced to leave.

  •   Llewellyn Andrew on November 26, 2016, 3:54 GMT

    A big blow for South Africa but only natural for any person who sees a better oppertunity to grab it. Australia ia a great country and wish him all the best for his future life and career there. No need for bitter pills. South Africa needs to adress some serious issues which are driving talented ondividuals from its shores.

  • Ishan on November 26, 2016, 3:08 GMT

    @VRDBB.. mate, you read the article and thought it was worth leaving a comment. So i guess the fact that you even read it, tells me that it's 'News-worthy' in my opinion. If it doesn't 'tickle your pickle' don't bother reading it or even leaving a comment. Because, someone else might find it interesting. Then again, you put forward your opinion, and me, mine. Peace!

  • Brian on November 26, 2016, 1:15 GMT

    I don't think this is about him playing for Australia - or even state teams from now on. Its about where he wants to raise his family. Probably had a long-tern plan when he first came here to play.

  • nannes3721927 on November 25, 2016, 21:58 GMT

    As an Aussie I would love to see Botha in the shorter forms. I've always seen him as one of the smartest players in the game.

  • Ashton on November 25, 2016, 21:24 GMT

    Hey well done, Johan Botha not a very Australian name. Although becoming more prevalent. The thing with Johan was actually his captaincy. Which is mentioned, he was/ is economical and took wickets. He is and was a very good captain in cricketing terms that is rare, it took Graeme Smith a decade to become a sound good captain.

  • cluelessjan1 on November 25, 2016, 15:48 GMT

    at 34 years other than t20 he has no chance of being considered for test ans odi aussie teams

  • Garry on November 25, 2016, 14:56 GMT

    There is little chance he would get a game for Australia, he was dropped from his state team and their are many better short form players around.

  • karans7186696 on November 25, 2016, 12:19 GMT

    cn he play for australia? wud be happy to see him play int. cricket atleast once more even if its for australia.

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