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AUDIO | Botha relishing new role with Derbyshire

AntBothaAnt Botha says Derbyshire has a great opportunity to create something special under the new Elite Performance structure.

Botha arrived in England on Wednesday to begin his new position as Elite Performance Coach working with the Club’s extensive spin bowling group as well as assisting with coaching batsmen.

The 37-year-old spent four seasons alongside Graeme Welch at the County Ground as a player from 2004 to 2007, scoring 2,093 runs at an average of 28.28 and taking 139 wickets at 36.20.

The duo also worked together at Warwickshire from 2010 to 2011 and Botha is excited to team-up with his former team-mate again. 

“I’m happy to be back at Derbyshire,” he said. “I arrived on Wednesday from Australia, it was obviously a long flight but I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started.

“For the last year I have been coaching grade cricket in Adelaide which was a great stepping stone for me. I learnt a lot managing 40 people and I think it has given me a great base to build upon in my new role with Derbyshire.

“Myself and Graeme [Welch] over the years have had a very good working relationship and that is a great foundation to move into a coaching role alongside him. We're starting something we have always wanted to do so it’s an exciting time.

“I think, with the coaching team assembled, we have all the bases covered,” Both added.

“As a coach, my strength is the man management side, making sure we reach our full potential from a tactical point of view.

“On the technical side, working with spinners and batsmen are my two strengths. We have an extensive spin bowling line-up which is great as they are all unique.  We’ve got left-arm spinners and we’ve got off-spinners so the balance is great.

“With the structure in place, we have a great opportunity to create something special and potentially the start of a legacy. That’s our vision as a coaching staff and as a Club.

“It's a fantastic base on which we can build on, so it’s good and I'm looking forward to getting started."

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