Adelaide Strikers sign Johan Botha

The Adelaide Strikers have signed South African all-rounder Johan Botha for this summer’s KFC Big Bash League.

Botha, the former South African ODI and Twenty20 captain,  also captains the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and the Warriors in the South African T20 competition and the Champions League Twenty20.

Botha is a skilled T20 all-rounder, he has played a total of 97 T20 matches, with a batting strike rate of 112.04, while collecting collecting 87 wickets at a strike rate of 24.2.

Adelaide Strikers coach, Chuck Berry said, “We already have two T20 superstars with Kieron Pollard and Alfonso Thomas on the list. Now we have Johan signed up as a very exciting addition to the roster.”

“Boats is a very aggressive and successful T20 player and will add a lot of voice and animation to the group, and that is a very big part of T20 cricket – that’s what the fans want to see.”

Botha is expected to arrive in Adelaide next week to join his Striker team-mates for training.

The Adelaide Strikers also have signed promising Victorian leg spinner, James Muirhead for this season’s KFC T20 Big Bash League.

He has been included due to the national commitments of Nathan Lyon, who could be unavailable to the Strikers due to this summer’s Vodafone Test Series.

Muirhead last week featured in the Futures League T20 competition in Melbourne. He will arrive in Adelaide next week.

“If he [Muirhead] is anything like the other blond leggie from St Kilda, we will be very pleased. But I like what I see with him – he’s travelled with the Under 19 national team, and continued to impress with the Futures League, so I’m sure he can perform for the Strikers,” Chuck said.

“Bryce McGain is also a valuable pick-up for us; he’s a very calm head and in the rush of T20 format, that will come in very handy with some of the younger players we have going around this year. He’s got a good T20 strike-rate, which is right up there with some other spin bowlers.”

The Adelaide Strikers play their first KFC T20 Big Bash League game against the Melbourne Renegades at Adelaide Oval on December 18, 2011 at 5.30pm.

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