If you can’t beat em,’ join em,’ it is said, but former South African Proteas skipper Johan Botha wants to place his own unique stamp on the old adage and has put his name forward to play cricket for Australia. His adage might be, after you’ve beaten em,’ join em.’
Botha recently obtained Australian citizenship and now wants to use that status to get onto the Australian national cricket team.
The off-spinner, who has played for the Sydney Sixers, last played for the Proteas in an international fixture just over four years ago. He still has a deal to play Big Bash for two more seasons, but is now considered a local player, which will permit the Sixers to import international talent.
Botha is 34 years of age, but still feels that he has what it takes to play at the highest level in limited-overs cricket and he ardently desires to pull on the green and gold shirt of Australia and play at the highest level.
Botha would need the blessing of Steve Smith in order to get a chance to play in the national set-up. He is aiming for the T20 three match series against Sri Lanka in February.
He served as captain for South Africa over the course of 10 ODIs and 11 T20Is between 2008 and 2012. He has spent the last four years in South Australia.