CRICKET: Western Australian veteran Brad Hogg will be the key figure when the Melbourne Renegades take on the Perth Scorchers at Etihad Stadium in the Big Bash League tonight.
Hogg played a big role in the Scorchers' two BBL titles but was forced out of his home-town franchise following the arrival of former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.
The 45-year-old spinner moved across the country to take up a new role with the Renegades and will play against his former teammates for the first time tonight.
Hogg had an impressive debut for his new team, taking 2-22 in the Renegades' 49-run win over the Sydney Thunder.
The Scorchers have not lost to the Renegades in five Big Bash games but they will need to bounce back from their defeat to the Sydney Sixers last time out.
Shaun Marsh will hope to get runs after scoring only eight as the Scorchers struggled to 8-130 at the SCG after a first-up win over the Adelaide Strikers.
Michael Klinger and Marsh combined for a BBL record-breaking partnership the last time the Scorchers and Renegades met, leading Perth to the first 10-wicket win in the history of the competition, chasing down 170.
Meanwhile, former South African captain Johan Botha is holding out hopes of playing T20 cricket for Australia after becoming an Australian citizen last month.
Born in Johannesburg, the 34-year-old has spent the past four years playing for South Australia, the Adelaide Strikers and, this season, the Sydney Sixers.
Botha last played for the Proteas in 2012 but said he would love to play for his adopted country.
"It would be unbelievable,” he said.
"It's a team I've watched for a long time, especially growing up when South Africa didn't play international cricket.
"Australia was my favourite team to watch. To do that I think it would feel a little bit unreal but we'll have to wait and see.
"I suppose there might be a chance, a very slim chance, and as long as there's that there's a little chance.
"But it's up to Cricket Australia.”
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