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How dared they?

Jan 11, 2017: An appreciation of captains' innovative declarations, bowlers' bold tactics, and batting feats that no one expected

Rob Steen


Beefy's 28-ball Ashes broadside

Aug 8, 2015: Ian Botham had had a quiet match at Edgbaston in 1981, until he was summoned into the attack for one last burst at the Australians

Martin Williamson


So nearly Botham's annus horribilis

Jul 11, 2009: It was Botham's Summer but before that, it very nearly ended in tears

Martin Williamson

No. 13

Beefy hits it into the confectionery stall

Mar 15, 2009: Botham's 149 was mostly all humpty, but one shot stood head and shoulders clear

John Stern


Getting shirty about substitutes

May 17, 2008: The subject of substitute fielders has attracted considerable comment and the ICC is set to clamp down on their use. It was an issue that was high on the agenda twenty-seven years ago

Martin Williamson

January 2006

Arise, Sir Beefy

Jan 1, 2006: Mike Selvey raises a glass to another Botham half-century


The hero who almost didn't play

Sep 3, 2005: Bob Willis, one of the heroes of Headingley 1981, wasn't even in the original squad picked for the Test

Martin Williamson

Ashes Memories - Dean Headley

'I hit Mark Taylor on the head'

Jul 15, 2005: Dean Headley spoke to Cricinfo about his Ashes memories from 1997

Ashes Memories - Peter Willey

'I played in two of the greatest Tests of all time'

Jul 8, 2005: Peter Willey is now better known as an international umpire, but for 22 Tests in the early 1980s, he was a doughty presence in England's middle order.

Forced to follow-on yet won

Mar 18, 2001: Finally Australia's great winning streak has come to an end

Arshad Chughtai

Third Cornhill Test


1982: A match which had initially produced all the wet and tedious traits of recent Leeds Tests finally ended in a way to stretch the bounds of logic and belief

Alan Lee

England v Australia, 3rd Test, Headingley, 1981

The great escape

Jul 16, 1981: Christopher Martin-Jenkins on the epic Headingley Test of 1981

Christopher Martin-Jenkins
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