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Ian Botham

Botham batting at Trent Bridge, 1983
Personal information
Full nameSir Ian Terence Botham OBE
Birth Date (Y-M-D)1955-11-24
Place of birthHeswall, Cheshire
Country of birthEngland
Nickname"Beefy", "Sir Beefy", "Guy the Gorilla"
Height6 ft 2 inch (1.9 m)
Batting styleRight-handed
Bowling styleRight-arm fast-medium
Test Debut28 July 1977 v Australia
Last Test18 June 1992 v Pakistan
ODI debut26 August 1976 v West Indies
Last ODI24 August 1992 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Durham1992 93
Worcestershire1987 91
Queensland1987 88
Somerset1974 86

Ian Botham

Personal information
Full nameIan Botham
Playing positionCentre forward

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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.

He is generally regarded as being England's greatest ever all-rounder, particularly in Test cricket, although having earned celebrity status, his award of a knighthood was ostensibly in recognition of his services to charity.

A talented footballer as well as cricketer, Botham made 11 appearances in the Football League.

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

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