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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 December 2004, 21:11 GMT
Ian Botham's career in photos

Botham on his Test debut

Born in Cheshire but a talented all-rounder with Somerset, Botham makes his Test debut in 1977

Botham receives a commemorative medal from Alec Bedser

Botham takes just two years to become the fastest bowler ever to 100 Test wickets

Botham on his way to 149 against Australia

His 149 to beat Australia at Headingley in 1981 is Botham's most memorable innings

Captain Mike Gatting, Botham and Phil DeFreitas

England win the Ashes in 1986/87 and Botham plays a key role

Botham in colourful garb on the way to Land's End

In 1986, Botham makes his first charity walk from John O'Groats to Land's End

Botham in action against Pakistan in 1992

As Botham's Test career ends in 1992, he has 383 wickets from 102 Tests

Botham playing for Durham

As Durham make their first-class debut, Botham is the star, continuing his career until 1993

Botham on the golf course

Botham is now an outspoken television commentator and avid golfer

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