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Ashes: Ian Botham overpowers Australia in 1981

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An incredible run of larger-than-life performances from Ian Botham kept England in possession of the Ashes at the end of a remarkable series.

The drama started in the Third Test at Headingley, where Australia were on the verge of wrapping up an easy win to go 2-0 up.

Up stepped Ian Botham with a gung-ho 149 not out to at least make Australia bat again, when an inspired Bob Willis swept through their line-up with 8 for 43.

It sealed a remarkable 18-run win and signalled an about turn in the series which England went on to win 3-1. And to think that a dejected Botham had resigned as England captain following the 2nd Test at Lord's. It really was a summer of remarkable comebacks.

Commentators: Don Mosey, Henry Blofeld, Trevor Bailey, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Fred Trueman, Bill Frindall

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