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Sir Ian Botham      

Full name Ian Terence Botham

Born November 24, 1955, Oldfield, Heswall, Cheshire

Current age 59 years 28 days

Major teams England, Durham, Queensland, Somerset, Worcestershire

Nickname Beefy, Both, Guy

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Other Commentator

Height 6 ft 2 in

Education Buckler's Mead Secondary School, Yeovil

Relation Son - LJ Botham

In a nutshell One of the finest allrounders of all time, Ian Botham was the fastest to the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets. An English icon, full of endless self-belief, he could change the course of a game in an afternoon. With him, England were a side to reckon with; without him they were abysmal More

Ian Terence Botham
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 102 161 6 5200 208 33.54 8565 60.71 14 22 621 67 120 0
ODIs 116 106 15 2113 79 23.21 2671 79.10 0 9 197 44 36 0
First-class 402 617 46 19399 228 33.97 38 97 354 0
List A 470 419 64 10474 175* 29.50 7 46 196 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 102 168 21815 10878 383 8/34 13/106 28.40 2.99 56.9 17 27 4
ODIs 116 115 6271 4139 145 4/31 4/31 28.54 3.96 43.2 3 0 0
First-class 402 63547 31902 1172 8/34 27.22 3.01 54.2 59 8
List A 470 22899 15264 612 5/27 5/27 24.94 3.99 37.4 15 3 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Nottingham, Jul 28-Aug 2, 1977 scorecard
Last Test England v Pakistan at Lord's, Jun 18-21, 1992 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v West Indies at Scarborough, Aug 26, 1976 scorecard
Last ODI England v Pakistan at Manchester, Aug 24, 1992 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1974-1993
List A span 1973-1993
Profile

Dominant and domineering, Ian Botham was not merely the top English cricketer of the 1980s but the leading sports personality. In an era of discreet footballers - before Paul Gascoigne and David Beckham - he commanded endless newspaper headlines as his career surged improbable heights and bottomless depths. Within a year of being elevated from Somerset to his England debut in 1977, he was undisputed as the country's leading allrounder; within three years he was captain; within four, he had resigned (a minute before being sacked), his form shot to pieces.

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Mike Selvey on Botham

Impossible is nothing

Botham had bucketloads of self-belief to go with his tremendous talent. Even when age slowed him down he could will wickets into falling with the force of his personality

Stats analysis

An all-round superstar

At his peak his match-winning skills as an allrounder were unparalleled, and he could have made it to the England team as either a specialist batsman or bowler

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May 31, 2014

Ian Botham on the outfield, England v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Lord's, May 31, 2014

Ian Botham on the outfield

© Getty Images

Nov 1, 2013

Beefy's Big Sri Lanka Walk sets off with a throng of local support, Kilinochchi, November 1, 2013

Beefy's Big Sri Lanka Walk sets off with a throng of local support, in Kilinochchi

© Murali Cup

Nov 1, 2013

Ian Botham and Mahela Jayawardene opened the Murali Cup, a tournament aimed at facilitating post-war reconciliation in Sri Lanka's north and east, Kilinochchi, November 1, 2013

Ian Botham and Mahela Jayawardene opened the Murali Cup

© Murali Cup

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1978

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 1981

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1982

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1985

Awarded the OBE in 1992

Knighted in 2007

Tournament Results
Sri Lanka v West Indies at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 7, 2012
West Indies won by 36 runs
Australia v West Indies at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 5, 2012
West Indies won by 74 runs
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 4, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 16 runs
India v South Africa at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 2, 2012
India won by 1 run
Australia v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 2, 2012
Pakistan won by 32 runs
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