Ian Botham

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Sir Ian Terence Botham, OBE (born 24 November 1955) is a former England Test cricketer and Test team captain, and current cricket commentator. He was a genuine all-rounder with 14 centuries and 383 wickets in Test cricket, and remains well known by his nickname "Beefy"[1] While a controversial player both on and off the field at times, Botham also held a number of Test cricket records, and still holds the record for the highest number of wickets taken by an England bowler. He is generally regarded as the greatest allround English cricketer of all time and in the top 5 in the history of the game.

A talented footballer as well as a cricketer, Botham made 11 appearances in The Football League.

On 8 August 2009, Botham was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.[2]


Early life

Botham was born in Heswall, Wirral to Herbert Leslie Botham (who worked for Westland) and Violet Marie Collett (a nurse).[3] Both his mother and father played cricket. He went to Milford Junior School in Yeovil, Somerset, where his "love affair" with sport began, and played for Somerset Under-15s.[4] He left Bucklers Mead Comprehensive School at 15, being only interested in playing cricket for Somerset, although he also had an offer to play football with Crystal Palace F.C.[5] From an early age he was always single-minded. When informed that Botham wanted to be a sportsman, the careers mistress at his school said to him "Fine, everyone wants to play sport, but what are you really going to do?".{interviewed BBC Radio 4 Fiona Glover November 20th 2010 "Saturday Live"}.

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