Johan Botha Has Been Named as Adelaide Strikers’ Big Bash League 12 assistant coach

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Assistant Coach Of Adelaide Strikers: Former South African off-spinner and captain Johan Botha will share his knowledge and work with head coach Jason Gillespie to improve the team’s BBL record.

South African Johan Botha has been roped in as assistant coach of the Adelaide Strikers and will return to Adelaide Oval with the strikers for the 12th edition of the Big Bash League., nearly eight years after he stepped down as the team’s captain, completing a full circle.

The former South African off-spinner will share his expertise and work with the head coach

Jason Gillespie with an emphasis on bowling, fielding, and strategy to improve the team’s record at the BBL. Few T20 players have more exposure and experience than the 40-year-old. He has played for rival BBL teams Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes since leaving South Africa and the Strikers, for whom he also served as captain. 12th ash League. The off-spinner, who also batted well, last appeared in a professional game for the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL 2021.

Before that, he played frequently for the Rajasthan Royal, Delhi Dare Devils, and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. He also had outings in the Pakistan Super League and Caribbean Premier League. Where he later became the coach of the Guyana Amazon Warriors (2018), Multan Sultan (2019), and Islamabad United (2021), respectively.

He has worked as a coaching assistant with the South Australian Scorpions women’s team, at the Darren Lehmann Academy. Also, he worked at St Peters College, where he is currently the Head of Cricket.

“I have so many fantastic memories from Adelaide Oval and can’t wait to get to work with Jason Gillespie and the other Strikers support staff. The squad has great potential coming off a really strong season last summer and I’m looking forward to what we can achieve together in BBL 12,” Botha quoted.

Between 2005 and 2012

Botha played in 118 limited-overs matches and five Tests for South Africa. He is known as a fierce competitor and fitness enthusiast. And his post-cricket career ambition was to become a professional ultra-distance trail runner.

He led the Proteas in ten one-day international matches. Guiding a group that featured formidable players like AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Mark Boucher, and Hashim Amla.

Botha will fill some of the void left by former Australian all-rounder Cameron White. Who has joined the Sydney Sixers coaching staff?

The Strikers, have only won one title in BBL seven so far. Also added several key players to their squad for the upcoming season. Including Afghan spinner Rashid Khan and Chris Lynn, the tournament’s all-time leading run scorer. 

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