Johan Botha to captain South Australia

Michael Klinger has stepped down as South Australia’s cricket captain and will be replaced by South African Johan Botha.

State coach, Darren Berry announced that Botha has been appointed on a two-year contract to captain the West End Redbacks.

“It is a testament to the character of Michael Klinger that he made a tough decision to make the ultimate act of leadership and support Johan’s captaincy,” Berry said.

“It is about expanding our core of leaders and seizing the opportunity for South Australian domestic cricket to secure the services of someone who has captained an international team, often to victory.

“Botha offers the complete package – a ruthless international competitor who has the experience of leading a successful international team, and he has the know-how to harness our younger talent.

“I unapologetically state that this journey is not for everyone and that it will be tough. Our objective is to become the most respected first class system in the country and we need to be strong in our pursuit of this objective.

“Our senior core of players must drive the standards – and the exciting youth here in South Australia must aspire to become elite to create long-term sustainable success.”

Michael Klinger has thrown his support behind the appointment and was present at the press conference.

“There is no doubt captaining the Redbacks and the Strikers has been a highlight of my cricket career so far. I have loved every minute of it and am really proud of what I have achieved,” Michael Klinger said.

“Chuck and Coxy met with me on Wednesday and explained that Johan was an option they were keen to pursue.

“We went out for lunch and talked through what he could mean for the Redbacks next season and the work that needs to be done with our younger talent.

“No one just walks away from captaining but I agreed Johan was too good an opportunity, and that’s why I am here today.

“ I have already rung Johan to offer him my full support and start planning.

“Having him around during the T20 season was a great influence and to have him permanently in our group is too good an opportunity to be missed.

“It is a great outcome for our team and South Australian cricket.

“It means we have a top quality person, great player and someone who has captained their country to help me and the other senior players with the work we have left to do.”

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