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banner Tuesday, 14 August, 2001, 13:20 GMT 14:20 UK
The class of '81

BBC Sport Online looks back at the England team which won the Headingley battle against Australia in 1981.

Whatever happened to England's Headingley heroes of 1981?

It is now 20 years since one of the most incredible games of cricket ever played.

England looked down and out when they were forced to follow on and set the Australians just 130 runs to win.

But Australia were sensationally bowled out for 111 leaving England to clinch an unbelievable 18-run victory.

Some major names including Geoff Boycott, Ian Botham and Graham Gooch are still very much in the public eye but others have faded from view.

The team:

Geoff Boycott, 60

Boycott was the opening batsman who took three-and-a-half hours to reach his second-innings 46 on his home ground.

He is now involved with various media organisations, including commentating on the radio. Earned a reported 30,000 from 15 days coaching with the Pakistan team earlier this year.

It took Boycott 210 minutes to score 46
It took Boycott 210 minutes to score 46
Graham Gooch, 48

Still England's greatest Test run-gatherer of all-time but on this occasion made just two runs.

Was an England selector until recently and upon his exit took up a role as batting coach with Durham.

He is also an Essex committee member and BBC commentator and BBC Sport Online pundit.

Mike Brearley, 59

Brearley had been replaced as England captain by Ian Botham but took over the reins again at Leeds when Botham resigned.

He now writes a column for a Sunday newspaper and works as a psychoanalyst in London.

Mike Gatting, 44

Gatting had a poor Test match at Headingley, scoring two runs in the first innings and one in the second.

Sacked as Middlesex coach last summer, the last man to captain a triumphant English Ashes team is now involved with a leisure development project outside London.

He has also gone into broadcasting.

David Gower, 44

Gower had a miserable time at the crease. He scored 24 in the first innings but was out for nine in the second innings.

He is now a presenter on satellite television and most famously team captain on comedy show They Think It's All Over.

The former left-handed batsman, who captained England in their last series win over the Aussies on home soil, writes a column for a national newspaper and is director of an internet wine business.

Botham was named man-of-the match
Botham was named man-of-the match
Ian Botham, 45

Botham led the greatest comeback to that point in cricket history with his blistering 149 not out.

The legendary all-rounder had taken six first-innings wickets and scored a half-century.

He is now a commentator and makes regular celebrity appearances.

Recently set up his own management company.

Peter Willey, 51

Headingley was Willey's 19th Test appearance and it was his first victory.

Provided the spin option with John Emburey omitted.

Now a no-nonsense and well-respected Test umpire, who is expected to be on the elite International Cricket Council panel announced before the end of January next year.

Bob Taylor, 60

As wicketkepper, Taylor broke the record for number of dismissals in a first-class career during the match and is still number one in the list.

Works in the sports goods business, hosts supporters groups abroad and was an ambassador for previous Test sponsors Cornhill.

Graham Dilley, 42

Dilley's lusty blow off Dennis Lillee for four off the second ball he faced was said to have inspired Botham's counter-attack after England were forced to follow on.

Dilley made 56 in putting on 117 in just an hour and 20 minutes.

He is now coach at the Loughborough academy, having had various coaching positions in last few years including England's women, and Scotland and Zimbabwe during the 1999 World Cup.

Bob Willis, 52

Willis' spell after he switched ends to bowl with the wind was inspired.

He took a career-best eight for 43 in the 18-run triumph as Australia slumped from 56 for one.

He now writes for a national newspaper and commentates on television.

Chris Old, 52

The only one of the XI lost to the game.

The Yorkshireman, who carried on where Dilley left off with 29 in a ninth-wicket stand of 67 with Botham, runs the Clipper Restaurant, Praa Sands, near Penzance.

He first went to Cornwall as development officer but has not worked full-time in the sport since 1987.

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