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When Sir Ian addressed the Ryder Cup team

It's a barbaric world out there. At least you have Both to warn you about it

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Ian Botham does his bit to help the groundstaff, England v Australia, 3rd Test, 3rd day, Edgbaston, August 1, 2009
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"Gentlemen. Foreigners. It is my pleasure to deliver this motivational speech," said Botham. "It takes me back to those days when I was captaining England to 12 straight Test victories, many of them against the West Indies."

Miguel Angel Jimenez looked puzzled.

"Who is this man?" he whispered to Peter Hanson.

"He is one of England's most legendary sportsmen," whispered the Swede. "I think he was in darts playing."

"Is that the one with all the fat people and the drinking?" asked the Spaniard.

"That's right, I did enjoy my greatest moments against Australia," said Botham. "Now get your hair cut."

He lit a large cigar.

"Now, I understand that your American opponents have asked some heroic airforce pilot to deliver a teamtalk," he said. "We can match that: a big hand, please, for David Gower."

The ethereal left-hander wafted into the dressing room. Jimenez mouthed "Who the hell?" at Hanson.

"I think he is in the Tory government," explained the Swede.

"At ease, you fellows," said Gower. "Now, notwithstanding the fact that golf is frightfully non-U, I want you all to go out there and jolly well give it absolutely your best shot, what."

The golfers looked blank.

"Please to translate into English?" asked Jimenez.

"That's enough from you, or we'll have you sent off to Pakistan with your mother-in-law," said Botham.

"I am not sure golf is played there," said Hanson. "And it is most definitely not in Europe."

"Three cheers for Europe," shouted the assembled Spaniards, Italians and Swedes.

"They want to ban bendy bananas and make us all eat garlic," shouted Botham. "Europe? I don't know what's going on out there. Vote UKIP! It's common bloody sense. Carlsberg don't make teamtalks. They make lager for Danish people. It's a disgrace."

"Erm, right, well thanks very much for popping in Sir Ian," said Colin Montgomerie.

"I'm just getting going here, if you don't mind," said Botham. "And how many Test wickets did you get, anyway?"

Monty looked sad, and bit a passing photographer. Botham pressed on.

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Posted by   on (October 4, 2010, 10:22 GMT)

i havent laugh so hard in a while. keep em comming man

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Alan Tyers writes about sport for the Daily Telegraph and others. He is the author of six books published by Bloomsbury, all of them with pictures by the brilliant illustrator Beach. The most recent is Tutenkhamen's Tracksuit: The History of Sport in 100ish Objects. Alan is one of many weak links in the world's worst cricket team, the Twenty Minuters.

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Alan Tyers Alan Tyers writes about sport for the Daily Telegraph and others. He is the author of six books published by Bloomsbury, all of them with pictures by the brilliant illustrator Beach. The most recent is Tutenkhamen's Tracksuit: The History of Sport in 100ish Objects. Alan is one of many weak links in the world's worst cricket team, the Twenty Minuters.
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