Johan Botha celebrates a dismissal playing for South Africa.
Johan Botha celebrates a dismissal playing for South Africa. Ross Setford

Ex-Protea Botha keen to play for Aussies in T20

CRICKET: He played five Tests and 78 one-day internationals for South Africa, but now Johan Botha wants to represent Australia in Twenty20 internationals.

The 34-year-old all-rounder, who will play for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League this season after a stint with the Adelaide Strikers, has become an Australian citizen.

Botha reckons he would be a good fit for Australia's T20 team.

He recently dominated a match in a Sydney grade cricket with Mosman, claiming 5-12 with the ball before smashing 102 off 45 balls to lead his side to victory.

"I'm more than happy to play international cricket,” Botha told Fox Sports.

"They will say I'm too old but I still feel that in the shorter form I can play another two, three or four years.

"Glenn Maxwell is a top-order batsman who gives you some spin. I suppose someone at seven or eight who can bowl some spin could also be handy.”

Botha said he was keen to sign a state contract so he could also play in next year's one-day domestic cup competition.

He is aiming to do a "reverse Kepler Wessels” and play for his adopted country after representing his native South Africa.

Bloemfontein-born Wessels went on to captain the Proteas when admitted back into international cricket in the early 1990s after playing 24 Tests for Australia in the 1980s.



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