Ian Botham

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Sir Ian Botham
Ian Botham headshot.jpg
Botham prior to the 3rd day of the 1st Test of the 2013 England v Australia Ashes series
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/–
Source: [1], 22 August 2007
Personal information
Full name Ian Botham
Playing position Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–80 Yeovil Town 17 (1)
1980–85 Scunthorpe United 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Sir Ian Terence Botham, OBE (born 24 November 1955) is a former England Test cricketer and Test team captain, and current cricket commentator. In Test cricket, Botham scored 5,200 runs (14 centuries), took 383 wickets and, fielding predominantly in the slips, held 120 catches. In all first-class cricket, he scored 19,399 runs at an average of 33.97, took 1,172 wickets at 27.22 and held 354 catches. He played mainly for Somerset; and also for Durham and Worcestershire as well as a season (1987–88) in Australia playing for Queensland.

While at times a controversial player both on and off the field, Botham held a number of Test cricket records. These included the record for the highest number of wickets taken by an England bowler, until 17 April 2015 when his total was surpassed by Jimmy Anderson. Botham was one of England's most successful all-rounders, particularly in Test cricket, although his award of a knighthood was actually in recognition of his services to charity.[2] He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2007 New Years Honours List and on 8 August 2009, was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.[3]

Botham was a talented footballer, and made 11 appearances in the Football League for Scunthorpe United. He remains well known by his nickname "Beefy".[4]

Early life[edit]

Botham was born in Heswall on the Wirral near Liverpool, to Herbert Leslie Botham (who worked for Westland) and Violet Marie, née Collett (a nurse).[5] Both his parents played cricket. He went to Milford Junior School in Yeovil, Somerset, where his "love affair" with sport began, and played for Somerset Under-15s.[6] He left Bucklers Mead Comprehensive School at the age of 15, intent on playing cricket for the Somerset County Cricket Club, although he also had an offer to play football for Crystal Palace F.C.[7] 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?".[8]

Domestic career[edit]

In August 1969, Botham scored 80 on his debut for Somerset Under-15s, a game, like the others in the annual series that summer, captained by Phil Slocombe. Prior to this, he had scored 20 and 23 for the Boys Brigade Old Boys in matches against Axminster and Castle Green respectively. The following summer, he made several scores in the 30s and 40s playing in the Yeovil & District league Division Two (for Boys Brigade OB) including 38 against Uplyme with three sixes. He also made his debut for Yeovil 2nd XI, ending the season with innings of 70* and 90 against Mere and Taunton 2nd XI. In 1971, he made his debut for Yeovil 1st XI and managed four fifties. Very little can be found regarding his bowling except for his 4-26 in a Somerset KO Cup match. In the two summers spent with the MCC Young Professional, he bowled only occasionally. The highlight of his first season was 4-14 against St John's School and a highest score of 61 (with ten 4s and a six) against Kent IIs. He did not bowl in ten of his first eleven games in 1973 but scored 102* against the City of London. He also played games for Somerset Under-25s including 91 against Glamorgan Under-25s, 51 v Glamorgan U-25s and 82 and 42 v Cornwall for Somerset 2nd XI.

Botham began his first-class career in 1974 with Somerset. In that year, when playing against Hampshire and facing the West Indian fast bowler Andy Roberts, a bouncer hit him straight in the mouth. He spat out teeth and simply carried on batting.[9] In 1986 he resigned from Somerset, in protest against the sacking of his friends Sir Viv Richards and Joel Garner, and joined Worcestershire, playing for that county between 1987 and 1991. In 1992, he joined County Championship newcomers Durham before retiring midway through the 1993 season, his last match being Durham's match against the visiting Australian XI.

Grade cricket in Australia 1976/1977[edit]

Only months before announcing his presence on the international scene, Botham played Grade cricket for the University of Melbourne Cricket Club during the 1976/77 Australian Domestic Season. In a season where 5 of the 15 rounds were abandoned because of adverse weather, Botham joined up for the second half as a result of sponsorship arranged through the TCCB by Whitbread's Brewery.[10] He was joined by Yorkshire's Graham Stevenson. Botham played 4 matches, the first of which was against Northcote in a one-day game on 8 January 1977. Brought on as first change, he finished with figures of 10.5-0-83-0 (8-ball overs). He batted at number 4 being run out for 0. The opposition wicket-keeper Richie Robinson would be an opponent in the Test arena only months later.

Botham's second match was against St Kilda, scheduled as a 2-day game over consecutive weeks. It became a one day game after the first Saturday was washed out. His analysis was 10–1–39–2. He scored a hard hit 41 in 33 minutes with five 4s. His third appearance was against Essendon CC in another 2-day game. He was the side's most successful bowler with analyses of 22.7–2–92–4 but fell for another 0 caught off leg-spinner Keith Kirby. His last match was against North Melbourne CC. He was promoted to opening the batting but was caught for 3 off Neil Majewski. His bowling analysis was 27–4–86–0 against a side that included Rohan Kanhai and Ian Chappell. Prior to this game, the match against Richmond was abandoned because of rain and the last game was also abandoned. His complete analysis was 44 runs in 4 matches at a batting average of 11, and 6 wickets at a bowling average of 51.16. Botham took one catch.

International career[edit]

Botham made his Test début for England on 28 July 1977 in the Third Test against Australia, where he took five wickets for 74 runs in the first innings.[11] He went on to enjoy a Test career spanning 15 years, in which he played in 102 matches.

A graph showing Botham's Test career bowling statistics and how they have varied over time.

Botham finished his Test career with 5,200 runs at an average of 33.54, taking 383 wickets at an average of 28.40, and holding 120 catches. He is generally regarded as one of England's most successful Test players.[12] He was England's captain for 12 Tests in 1980 and 1981. As captain of the England XI, Botham was unsuccessful. His tenure was brief and under his captaincy the team achieved no wins, 8 draws and 4 losses. In his defence, 9 of his matches as captain were against the best team of that era, the West Indies, who won 12 out of the next 13 Tests played against England. He was renowned as a big-hitting batsman, though with a classical technique of playing straight, and as a fast-medium paced swing bowler who was very effective when atmospheric conditions favoured his style.


Botham holds a number of Test records as an all-rounder, including being the fastest (in terms of matches) to achieve the "doubles" of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets, 2,000 runs and 200 wickets, and 3,000 runs and 300 wickets. He briefly held the world record for the greatest number of Test wickets. He was overtaken by Sir Richard Hadlee and has subsequently been passed by several other specialist bowlers.

Botham scored a century and took 5 wickets in an innings in the same Test match on 5 occasions; no-one else has managed this feat more than twice. In 1980, playing against India, he became the first player to score a century and take ten wickets in a Test match (Alan Davidson was the first to score 100 runs and take 10 wickets in a Test but that did not include a century).

During the 1981 Ashes, Botham set a record of six sixes in a single Ashes Test Match at Old Trafford. That record remained unbroken until 7 August 2005 when Andrew Flintoff scored five in the first innings and four in the second innings of the second Test at Edgbaston, and again until 12 September 2005, when Kevin Pietersen hit seven sixes in the second innings of the last Test at The Oval.

One Day Internationals[edit]

Botham's ODI career included 116 games from 1976 to 1992. He made his debut on 26 August against the West Indies at Scarborough. He finished with a batting average of 23.21 (nine 50s, no 100s, cumulative score of 2113 runs), and a bowling average of 28.5 (strike rate 43.24, 145 wickets in total, best figures 4/31).

1981 Ashes Tour: Botham's Ashes[edit]

In 1980 Botham had been appointed captain of the England team. However, his captaincy proved to be an unhappy one; he lost form and the team did not do well.

Botham (second from left) with fellow commentators Willis and Gower, politicians Alistair Campbell and James Erskine.

He resigned the captaincy after a loss and a draw in the first two Tests of the 1981 Ashes series. The resignation itself was the cause of controversy, with Sir Alec Bedser, Chairman of the TCCB selectors, making it clear after media questioning that Botham would have been fired in any event.[13] Botham himself refers to the event as his "dismissal" in his autobiography. In this Test, the second played at Lord's and his last as England captain, Botham was dismissed for a pair. He returned to an embarrassed silence in the pavilion and after the previous year's events at the centenary Test, this possibly was the final straw. For the remainder of his cricket-playing career, Botham refused to acknowledge MCC members in the pavilion when playing at Lord's.[14] However, Botham subsequently accepted an Honorary Life membership of the MCC and his portrait (depicting him enjoying a cigar) now hangs prominently in the Long Room Bar at Lord's.

Mike Brearley, the captain whom Botham had replaced, took up the reins again for the Third Test, scheduled for 16 to 21 July, at Headingley. Australia won the toss and elected to bat. They batted all day Thursday and most of Friday, declaring after tea at 401 for 9, John Dyson making 102 and Botham taking 6 for 95. The England openers Graham Gooch and Geoff Boycott survived the remaining few overs, and England finished the day on 7 for no wicket.

The next day, Saturday, was a disaster for England: Gooch was out in the first over of the day, and although Boycott and Brearley then attempted to dig in, they were both out before lunch. None of the other batsmen got going, with the exception of Botham who top-scored with 50 — his first half-century since his first Test as captain 13 matches earlier. England were all out in the third session for 174. Australia enforced the follow-on and piled on the pressure; Gooch was out for 0 to the third ball of the first over, caught by Terry Alderman off the bowling of Dennis Lillee. By the close, England had struggled to just 6 for 1, still 221 behind Australia.

By all accounts, both teams' players thought Australia would win the match; indeed the England team had enjoyed a raucous barbecue chez Botham on the Saturday evening, such was their lack of faith in a positive result. Sunday 19 July was a rest day and the newspapers roasted the lamentable England performance. Morale was not improved by Ladbrokes offering odds of 500–1 against England winning the match, as displayed on Headingley's electronic scoreboard. Controversially, the Australian wicket-keeper Rod Marsh and opening bowler Dennis Lillee both placed bets on England to win, later claiming that 500–1 were silly (if not incredible) odds on any two-horse race.

On the Monday morning, 500–1 odds began to look somewhat more ungenerous, as first Brearley then David Gower and Mike Gatting all fell cheaply, reducing England to 41 for 4. Boycott was still anchored at the other end however, and he and Peter Willey added 50 runs before lunch. In the afternoon, Willey was out for 33 and England were still in deep trouble at 105 for 5 when Botham went in to bat. Matters did not improve, as first Geoff Boycott and then Bob Taylor were quickly dismissed. At 135 for 7 an innings defeat looked almost certain.

When Graham Dilley joined him at the crease, Botham reportedly said, "Right then, let's have a bit of fun...".[citation needed] With able support from Dilley (56) and Chris Old (29), Botham hit out and by the close of play was 145 not out with Bob Willis hanging on at the other end on 1 not out. England's lead was just 124 but there remained some glimmer of hope. On the final day's play, there was time for four more runs from Botham before Willis was out and Botham was left on 149 not out. Wisden rated this innings as the fourth best in the history of the sport.[15]

Botham batting at Trent Bridge, 1983

Willis' far greater contribution was with the ball. After Botham took the first wicket, Willis skittled Australia out for a lowly 111, finishing with figures of 8 for 43 – rated by Wisden as the seventh-best bowling performance of all time.[16] England had won by 18 runs. It was only the second time in history that a team following-on had won a Test match.[17]

The next Test match, at Edgbaston, looked almost as hopeless, if not hapless, from England's point of view. In a low-scoring match (no-one made a score over 48), Australia needed 151 to win. At 105–5, things looked a little worrying for them, but an Australian win still seemed the most likely result. Botham then took five wickets for only one run in 28 balls to give England victory by 29 runs. Later, Brearley said that Botham had not wanted to bowl and had to be persuaded to do so.[18]

The Old Trafford Test was less of a turnaround and more of a team effort than the previous two Tests, but Botham again was England's hero, hitting another century in what Lillee rated a better innings than his Headingley one. Botham had joined Chris Tavaré with the score at 104–5. Botham then scored 118 in a partnership of 149 before he was dismissed. He hit six sixes in this innings, three off Lillee's bowling, two of them in the same over. Remarkably, even though he seemed to take his eye off the ball while hooking some fearsome Lillee bouncers, his sheer power and strength carried the ball over the boundary rope. In total Botham batted for five hours less than Tavaré and yet scored 40 more runs. England won that match, then drew the last one at The Oval (Botham taking six wickets in the first innings), and thereby winning the series 3–1. Hardly surprisingly, Botham was named Man of the Series, scoring 399 runs and taking 34 wickets.

Football career[edit]

An occasional professional footballer as well as cricketer, Botham had to choose very early in his career whether to play football or cricket.[19] During March 1980, he joined the football club Scunthorpe United, where he played as a centre half and made 11 appearances in the Football League.[20]

Botham also had a spell at Yeovil Town.[20] Whilst with Yeovil, Botham made an appearance for the Football Association XI (a representative side for non-League footballers) against the Northern Football League at Croft Park during the 1984–85 season.[21]


Botham was suspended for two months by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 1986 for being found to have smoked cannabis.[22] In 1994, Imran Khan accused Botham and fellow England player Allan Lamb of bringing the game into disrepute in an article for India Today; Botham and Lamb instigated a libel action in response.[23] The case was heard at the High Court in 1996 with the court choosing to hear on the second day a separate action brought solely by Botham against Khan who had suggested in a Sun newspaper article that Botham had been involved in ball-tampering.[24][25][26] This would become the subject of a court case later on, one that Imran Khan would go on to win. Botham was liable for all expenses in the court case in the ruling, including those incurred by Khan.[27]

Botham also fell out publicly with other players, including fellow England player, opener Geoff Boycott, Somerset captain Peter Roebuck, and Australian batsman Ian Chappell, with whom he had an altercation in an Adelaide Oval car park during the 2010–11 Ashes series.[28][29][30][31][32]

Botham's private life has also made occasional dramatic appearances in Britain's tabloid newspapers, with at least one extramarital affair prompting a public apology to his wife Kathy.[33] Botham was also sacked from the Queensland team after being arrested for assault of a fellow airline passenger.[34]

In August 2014, an image of a semi-erect penis was sent from Botham's Twitter account. Botham denied that the photograph had been taken by him and claimed that his account had been hacked.[35]

Botham enjoys game shooting and owns a grouse moor:[36] this has resulted in a high-profile dispute with the RSPB.[37] In August 2016, he called for Chris Packham to be sacked by the BBC as part of a campaign funded by the grouse shooting industry, after Packham had highlighted the industry's involvement in the illegal killing of endangered species of birds of prey.[38]

Charity walks[edit]

Botham has been a prodigious fundraiser for charitable causes, undertaking a total of 12 long-distance charity walks. His first, in 1985, was a 900-mile trek from John o' Groats to Land's End. His efforts were inspired after a visit to Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital whilst receiving treatment for a broken toe; when he took a wrong turn into a children's ward, he was devastated to learn that some of the children had only weeks to live, and why.[39] Since then, his efforts have raised more than £12 million for charity, with Leukaemia Research among the causes to benefit.[40]


Insignia of
Knight Bachelor

Test centuries and five-wicket innings[edit]

Botham achieved the double of making a century and taking five wickets in an innings in the same Test match five times. Only three other players have achieved this feat more than once: Sir Gary Sobers, Mushtaq Mohammad and Jacques Kallis, who have each done it twice.[46] He is the only man to have made a century and taken eight wickets in an innings in the same Test match; 108 and 8-34 against Pakistan at Lord's in 1978.

Botham was also the first of only two men to make a century and take ten wickets in the same Test match, the other being Imran Khan. Botham did this in the Golden Jubilee Test in Bombay in 1979–80 (114, 6-58 and 7-48), the last match before he became England captain. In the 25 Tests he played before he became captain he made six centuries and took five wickets in an innings 14 times, including ten in a match three times, an astonishing record.

Ian Botham's 14 Test Centuries and 27 Test Five Wickets Hauls
No 100s No 5 Wt Test Opponents Season Venue City Country Result
1 5/75 Third Test  Australia 1977 Trent Bridge Nottingham England England won by 7 wickets
2 5/21 Fourth Test  Australia 1977 Headingley Leeds England England won by an innings and 85 runs
1 103 3 5/73 Second Test  New Zealand 1977–78 Lancaster Park Christchurch New Zealand England won by 174 runs
4 5/109 Third Test  New Zealand 1977–78 Eden Park Auckland New Zealand Match Drawn
2 100 First Test  Pakistan 1978 Edgbaston Cricket Ground Birmingham England England won by an innings and 57 runs
3 108 5 8/34 Second Test  Pakistan 1978 Lord's Cricket Ground London England England won by an innings and 120 runs
6 6/34 Second Test  New Zealand 1978 Trent Bridge Nottingham England England won by and innings an 119 runs
Third Test  New Zealand 1978 Lord's Cricket Ground London England England won by 7 wickets
9 5/70 First Test  India 1979 Edgbaston Cricket Ground Birmingham England England won by an innings and 83 runs
10 5/35 Second Test  India 1979 Lord's Cricket Ground London England Match Drawn
4 137 Third Test  India 1979 Headingley Leeds England Match Drawn
First Test  Australia 1979–80 WACA Ground Perth Australia Australia won by 138 runs
5 119* Third Test  Australia 1979–80 Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne Australia Australia won by 8 wickets
6 114 13
Golden Jubilee Test  India 1979–80 Wankhede Stadium Bombay India England won by 10 wickets
7 149* 15 6/95 Third Test  Australia 1981 Headingley Leeds England England won by 18 runs
16 5/11 Fourth Test  Australia 1981 Edgbaston Cricket Ground Birmingham England England won by 29 runs
8 118 Fifth Test  Australia 1981 Old Trafford Cricket Ground Manchester England England won by 103 runs
17 6/125
Sixth Test  Australia 1981 Kennington Oval London England Match Drawn
18 5/61 First Test  India 1981–82 Wankhede Stadium Bombay India India won by 138 runs
9 142 Sixth Test  India 1981–82 Modi Stadium Kanpur India Match Drawn
19 5/46 First Test  India 1982 Lord's Cricket Ground London England England won by 7 wickets
10 128 Second Test  India 1982 Old Trafford Cricket Ground Manchester England Match Drawn
11 208 Third Test  India 1982 Kennington Oval London England Match Drawn
20 5/74 Third Test  Pakistan 1982 Headingley Leeds England England won by 3 wickets
12 103 Fourth Test  New Zealand 1983 Trent Bridge Nottingham England England won by 165 runs
13 138 21 5/59 First Test  New Zealand 1983–84 Basin Reserve Wellington New Zealand Match Drawn
22 8/103 Second Test  West Indies 1984 Lord's Cricket Ground London England West Indies won by 9 wickets
23 5/72 Fifth Test  West Indies 1984 Kennington Oval London England West Indies won by 172 runs
24 6/90 First Test  Sri Lanka 1984 Lord's Cricket Ground London England Match Drawn
25 5/109 Second Test  Australia 1985 Lord's Cricket Ground London England Australia won by 4 wickets
26 5/71 Fourth Test  West Indies 1985–86 Queen's Park Oval Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago West Indies won by 10 wickets
14 138 First Test  Australia 1986–87 Brisbane Cricket Ground Brisbane Australia England won by 7 wickets
27 5/41 Fourth Test  Australia 1986–87 Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne Australia England won by an innings and 14 runs

Personal life[edit]

In 1976, in the Borough of Doncaster, Botham married Kathryn Waller (now Lady Botham) whom he first met in June 1974. After their marriage, they lived until the late 1980s in Epworth, near Scunthorpe. They have one son, Liam (born August 1977), and two daughters, and Liam is a former professional cricketer and rugby player.[47]

Botham is an enthusiastic football fan and supports Chelsea.[48] He is also a vice president at Scunthorpe United Football Club.[49] Botham is also passionate about playing golf. Ian Botham is also an avid trout and salmon angler, and presented a TV series Botham on the Fly with guests such as Eric Clapton, Mike Atherton and Chris Tarrant.[50]

He currently lives in Almeria in Spain, owning two houses there while his daughter Sarah owns a restaurant and wine bar in the town.[51]


By others

See also[edit]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brian Rose
Somerset County Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Peter Roebuck
Preceded by
Mike Brearley
English national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Mike Brearley
Preceded by
Dennis Lillee
World Record – Most Career Wickets in Test cricket
373 wickets (27.86) in 102 Tests
Held record 21 August 1986 to 12 November 1988
Succeeded by
Richard Hadlee