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How England went from being jokes to jocks

Jun 1, 2017: After over two decades of being clueless about one-day cricket, England are finally owning the format

Jarrod Kimber

County news

'It is a challenge but I will rise to it' - Botham unveiled as Durham chairman

Feb 27, 2017:

Jon Culley at Chester-le-Street

How dared they?

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

Rob Steen

County news

Chairman Beefy takes the hot seat at Durham

Nov 3, 2016: Ian Botham has been unveiled as the new chairman of Durham, a beleaguered county that can only benefit from his roistering attitude to public life

David Hopps

I played a great

'Botham hit it hard, but Viv hit it harder'

Sep 4, 2016: When a part-time club spinner bowled long hops to the two biffers to see how far they could hit it

Simon Shearman

'I don't think odds of 500-1 have appeared since'

Jul 15, 2016: Thirty-five years ago at Headingley, Bob Willis bowled England to an incredible Ashes win - the culmination of a golden five-year period for him

Crispin Andrews

England in South Africa 2015-16

Stokes 'better than I was at 24' - Botham

Jan 8, 2016: Ian Botham has hailed Ben Stokes' "enormous potential" and suggested he may be a better player than he was at the same age

George Dobell

1979

When Sunny made 438 look gettable

Sep 5, 2015: Had India pulled off a remarkable victory at The Oval in 1979, Sunil Gavaskar's 221 would be up there as the greatest Test innings

Martin Williamson

1981

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

The Investec Ashes 2015

England search for inspiration in latest Ashes saga

Jul 6, 2015: The Ashes remains the contest that defines careers. This is the series that will be remembered - can be remembered - long after a player has finished

George Dobell in Cardiff

The Investec Ashes 2015

Flat pitches will aid Australia - Botham

Jul 4, 2015: Ian Botham has warned that England will be "playing into Australia's hands" if flat pitches are prepared for the Investec Ashes

George Dobell

England's swinging shooting star

Apr 17, 2015: The boy from Burnley with magic in his wrist has surpassed all before him - with luck we will be able to enjoy his skill and application for a few more years yet

Mark Nicholas

'When I became an umpire, I didn't realise how complicated this game was'

Oct 22, 2014: Peter Willey talks about suiting up against '80s West Indies, why it's great to umpire in England, and talking to the press from his bath

Interview by Scott Oliver

India news

Botham 'should get his facts correct' - BCCI secretary

Sep 5, 2014: The BCCI has criticised former England captain Ian Botham's comments on the Indian Premier League, saying the latter needed to get his facts right.

ESPNcricinfo staff

MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture

IPL should not exist - Botham

Sep 3, 2014: Ian Botham used the platform of his MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture to brand the IPL "too powerful" for the good of cricket and said he believed it should not exist

ESPNcricinfo staff

Half-century of boundaries, and miserly bowlers

Jul 1, 2014: Also, best percentage of hundreds to innings, most frequent appearances on the Lord's honours board, most first-class fifties, and Sanga and Mahela's twin totals

Steven Lynch

Let us now praise Beefy

Jun 11, 2014: Forty years since he announced his arrival on the cricket stage, Ian Botham remains a symbol of home-grown guts for glory that the current England team lacks

Rob Steen

Botham's record, and Somerset's near-miss

Apr 29, 2014: Also, a ton of IPL matches, youngest Australians in World Cups, longest wait for a first-class hundreds, and the Don's lack of fifties

Steven Lynch

1982

The end of the line for Boycott

Feb 15, 2014: Geoff Boycott largely chose the time and nature of his quitting Test cricket but ruffled feathers in the process

Martin Williamson

A touch of genius

Nov 19, 2013: As Kevin Pietersen prepares for his 100th Test, he is close to being regarded as a truly great cricketer, England's first since Ian Botham

Mark Nicholas
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