Botha open to playing for Australia

"I wouldn’t find it weird"

“I wouldn’t find it weird”

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Johan Botha has revealed that he would be willing to represent Australia should he be given a call-up to the national team.

Botha played five Tests, 78 ODIs and 40 Twenty20 Internationals for South Africa, but has been plying his trade in Australia’s domestic circuit for the last few years.

In fact, the 34-year-old received his Australian citizenship last year and is confident he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level.

“I’m more than happy to play international cricket and I have missed it a lot, especially in the last year,” Botha told Fox Sports. “I still want to challenge myself against the best. I’m keen to play.

“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.”

The Johannesburg native also made it clear that he has no reservations about switching his allegiance from South Africa to Australia as he pointed out that Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott were two South African-born players who went on to play for England rather than the Proteas.

“It would be a great challenge,” he said. “KP (Kevin Pietersen) and Jonathon Trott have done it. When I walk onto the field it’s all about winning. You just want to compete and win for the team that you’re playing for. That’s what I’ve always done. I wouldn’t find it weird.”

2 thoughts on “Botha open to playing for Australia

  1. This is coincidental as I was hoping to finally getting around to writing an article tonight about someone that might soon be in a similar situation?! For me, as the saying goes, once you’ve made your bed you must lie in it.

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