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Sir Ian Botham

Alastair Campbell, Ian Botham, Bob Willis, James Erskine and David Gower
Personal information
Full name Sir Ian Terence Botham OBE
Born (1955-11-24) 24 November 1955 (age 61)
Heswall, Wirral England
Nickname Beefy, Both, Guy[1]
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side


Test debut (cap 474) 28 July 1977 v Australia
Last Test 18 June 1992 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 33) 26 August 1976 v West Indies
Last ODI 24 August 1992 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1974–86 Somerset
1987–88 Queensland
1987–91 Worcestershire
1992–93 Durham
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 102 116 402 470
Runs scored 5200 2113 19399 10474
Batting average 33.54 23.21 33.97 29.50
100s/50s 14/22 0/9 38/97 7/46
Top score 208 79 228 175*
Balls bowled 21815 6271 63547 22899
Wickets 383 145 1172 612
Bowling average 28.40 28.54 27.22 24.94
5 wickets in innings 27 0 59 3
10 wickets in match 4 n/a 8 n/a
Best bowling 8/34 4/31 8/34 5/27
Catches/stumpings 120/– 36/– 354/– 196/–

I half knew what to expect when I saw the cricket ground in the morning. It was when I started to talk to people working out there, I began to find what I was looking for.
Ian Botham
I watched children dying. That will be the image that will stay with me.
To win in Australia, for me, has to be the ultimate success because the Aussies live for sport.
Ian Botham
I think we are going to see exciting cricket all the way. We are watching the two best teams in the world-and I think England will eventually go on to pip Australia by a single Test.
Ian Botham
I'm not a great one for looking back.
What's happened has happened, so what can we do to make it better for tomorrow and the day after? That's why we're here.
Ian Botham
Retiring for good wasn't difficult. I knew at the time it was right. I was no longer capable of achieving the standards I'd set myself and there was no light at the end of the tunnel.
Ian Botham
If you can change three lives in 10, three lives in a hundred, that's got to be good, hasn't it?
Ian Botham
There will be no politics, no ifs and buts; if we see something and feel that work needs to be done, we will get people here we can rely on and ensure it is done in the same thorough way as our other projects.
Ian Botham
Winston Churchill would be great to have around the table.
I can remember running around at the age of 3, wanting to play golf, cricket and football. I was always active, one way or another, driving my parents mad.
Ian Botham
To me, it doesn't matter how good you are. Sport is all about playing and competing. Whatever you do in cricket and in sport, enjoy it, be positive and try to win.
Ian Botham
You will attract the younger generation and they might well prove tougher than the older generation. What we are trying to do is to look at the future and see what we can do to bring some stability back to people's lives.
Ian Botham
Sport can bring communities together and can release a lot of pent-up emotions.
Ian Botham
The people in the villages had turned in on themselves. You can understand it. When you have a bad day on the field, what do you do? Talk to your teammates.
Ian Botham
Soccer and cricket were my main sports growing up. I had trials as a soccer player with a few clubs interested, Crystal Palace being one, but it was cricket which became my chosen profession.
Ian Botham
Genghis Khan was a fascinating man and way ahead of his time.
There is nothing more exciting in sport when the top two countries in the world are battling for the Ashes.
Ian Botham
I think I'd struggle to get excited by synchronised swimming.
The resilience of these people is amazing. I am a great believer that the sooner we get things up and running in terms of sport in this area, the better.
Ian Botham