Sydney Sixers all-rounder Johan Botha officially became an Australian citizen on the eve of BBL|06 and will now be classified as a local player on the Club's roster.
“It’s been a bit of a process but very happy to finally get it over the line," Botha said.
“I think when we came over four years ago this wasn’t our main intention or main plan, but as time has gone on everyone has just settled really well and I suppose this was just the next step for us as a family and for our future”
The former South African Twenty 20 captain started his Australian domestic career with the South Australian Redbacks in 2012 and Botha and his family are still currently based in Adelaide.
But after signing with the Sixers for BBL|05, Botha is looking forward to again spending time in Sydney with his family this summer.
“The six weeks in Sydney fits really well, it’s obviously the long school holidays so all four of us can come up to Sydney," Botha said.
“It’s a great time of the year to be in Sydney and we really enjoyed it last year and all four of us are really looking forward to it again.”
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While his young family will be able to relax and enjoy the Sydney beaches, Botha is ready for a big season in magenta.
“As a team, we’d definitely like to bounce back and show why the Sixers are one of the better teams in the competition," Botha said.
“We have some work to do from last season, obviously we didn’t play at our best and we had some injuries, but that’s no excuse.”
Now preparing for his second season with the Sixers, Botha believes that the side’s success this season starts with their skipper.
“Hopefully [Moises Henriques] can put a real good season together, he’s one of the better players in the whole competition," Botha said.
"So we’re going to look to our captain to lead from the front and then everyone else to jump on board and make contributions along the way.”
At 34-years-old, Botha believes it might be another one of the Sixers’ veterans who can shake up the competition.
“Don’t throw the experienced boys away, Hadds [Brad Haddin] would want to have another good season, he gave us some really good starts last year," Botha said.
Botha will also head to Sydney before the BBL season starts to play the first three games of the T20 Kingsgrove Cup for Mosman Cricket Club.
Botha and the Sixers begin their BBL|06 campaign on December 20 against the Sydney Thunder at Spotless Stadium. Click here to buy tickets for our four home games at the Sydney Cricket Ground.