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Sir Ian Botham
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Personal information
Full name Sir Ian Terence Botham OBE
Born 24 November 1955 (1955-11-24) (age 61)
Heswall, Cheshire, UK
Nickname Beefy, Both, Guy
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side England
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: [], 22 August 2007

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" 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.

A talented footballer as well as a cricketer, Botham had to choose very early in his career whether to play professional football or cricket. In March 1980, in an effort to get fit after an injury, he joined Scunthorpe United football club, where he played as a centre forward and made 11 appearances in The Football League.

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

Flag of England England Squad 1979 Cricket World Cup Flag of England
Brearley (c) • BothamBoycottEdmondsGoochGowerHendrickLarkinsMillerOldRandallTaylor (wk) • Willis

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