Botha wants to lead South African ODI team after Smith

Updated: 25 August 2010 17:01 IST

Johan Botha has his sights firmly set on taking over the ODI captaincy once Graeme Smith steps down after the World Cup next year.

Botha wants to lead South African ODI team after Smith

Johannesburg:

South Africa's new Twenty20 captain Johan Botha has his sights firmly set on taking over the ODI captaincy once Graeme Smith steps down after the World Cup next year.

"I have three Twenty20 tournaments before the World Cup to prove myself and if all goes well, I will have an outstanding chance to take over then as well," Botha said.

"I am looking forward very much to the challenge. It's a huge privilege to take over from Graeme," he was quoted as saying by Afrikaans daily 'Beeld'.

28-year-old Botha was named Twenty20 captain after Smith was stepped down last week. Smith had said he would also quit ODI captaincy after the World Cup.

All-rounder Botha stood in for an injured Smith in the ODI series in Australia last year and the Proteas notched up a historic win.

"We were successful then and I am going to do my best to repeat that," Botha said, adding that he had enjoyed standing in for Smith.

Although Botha has led the Proteas in eight ODI and five Twenty20 Internationals, he has had to fight for a place in the team for the last two seasons after he twice came under the scanner for bowling with suspect action. He was banned from bowling his 'doosra' by the ICC last year.

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