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  Ashes Legends XI - Profiles of an all-time Ashes team
Ian Botham
Ashes record
1977-1989

BATTING BOWLING
Matches: 36Overs: 1360.1
Innings: 59Maidens: 297
Runs: 1673Runs: 4093
High score: 149*Wickets: 148
100s: 4Best: 6-78
Average: 29.35Average: 27.65

Overall Test record
1977-1992
BATTING BOWLING
Matches: 102Overs: 3549.3
Innings: 161Maidens: 788
Runs: 5200Runs: 8190
High score: 208Wickets: 383
100s: 14Best: 8-34
Average: 33.54Average: 28.40


Ian Botham (born 1955)
Somerset, Worcestershire, Durham, Queensland and England

If not the best-ever all-rounder, Botham is certainly the greatest match winner.

And nothing spurred him on more than a Test against the old enemy.

His 1977 debut was a case in point.

He caught the first wicket to fall before claiming the first of five victims with the ball, Aussie captain Greg Chappell.

He proved a thorn in the sides of successive Australian skippers, dismissing both Kim Hughes and Allan Border a dozen times.

And there was also Botham's batting.

Two of his four Ashes centuries came in 1981, when he was at his peak.

Having resigned from the England captaincy after bagging a pair at Lordís, Botham turned the tide of the Headingley Test and, in turn, the series.

He was a captain's dream with bat and ball as well as being a towering presence in the slips, taking 57 of 120 Test catches against Australia.

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