Ian Botham

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Ian Botham : biography

24 November 1955 –

Botham is colourblind.

Controversy

Botham was suspended for two months by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 1986 for smoking cannabis. In 1994 Imran Khan accused Botham and fellow England player Allan Lamb of personal views and behavior that he considered had brought the game into disrepute in an article for India Today; Botham and Lamb instigated a libel action in response.. Independent Newspaper (UK). Published 16 July 1996. Correspondent: Clare Garner. Retrieved 19 June 2013. The case was heard at The Strand in 1996 with the court choosing to hear on the second day a separate action brought solely by Botham against Khan who had suggested in a Sun newspaper article that Botham had been involved in ball-tampering. – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2012. This would become the subject of a court case later on, one that Imran Khan would go on to win. Botham was liable for all expenses in the court case in the ruling, even those incurred by Imran Khan. He also fell out publicly with other players, including fellow England opener Geoff Boycott, Somerset captain Peter Roebuck, and Australian batsman Ian Chappell, with whom he had an altercation in an Adelaide Oval car park during the 2010–11 Ashes series. His private life has also made occasional dramatic appearances in Britain’s tabloid newspapers, with at least one extramarital affair prompting a public apology to his wife Kathy. Botham was also sacked from the Queensland team after being arrested for assault of a fellow airline passenger.

Test centuries and five-wicket innings

Botham achieved the double of making a century and taking 5 wickets in an innings in the same Test match 5 times. Only three other players have achieved this feat more than once: Sir Gary Sobers, Mushtaq Mohammad and Jacques Kallis, who have each done it twice. He is the only man to have made a century and take 8 wickets in an innings in the same Test match, 108 and 8/34 against Pakistan at Lord’s in 1978. Botham was also the first of only two men to make a century and take 10 wickets in the same Test match, the other being Imran Khan. Botham did this in the Centenary Test in Bombay in 1979–80 (114, 6/58 and 7/48), the last match before he became England captain. In the 25 Tests he played before he became captain he made 6 centuries and took 5 wickets in an innings 14 times, including 10 in a match 3 times, an astonishing record.

Ian Botham’s 14 Test Centuries and 27 Test Five Wickets Hauls
No 100s No 5 Wt Test Opponents Season Venue City Country Result
1 5/75 Australia}} 1977 Trent Bridge Nottingham England England won by 7 wickets
2 5/21 Australia}} 1977 Headingley Stadium Leeds England England won by an innings and 85 runs
1 103 3 5/73 New Zealand}} 1977–78 Lancaster Park Christchurch New Zealand England won by 174 runs
4 5/109 New Zealand}} 1977–78 Eden Park Auckland New Zealand Match Drawn
2 100 Pakistan}} 1978 Edgbaston Cricket Ground Birmingham England England won by an innings and 57 runs
3 108 5 8/34 Pakistan}} 1978 Lord’s Cricket Ground London England England won by an innings and 120 runs
6 6/34 New Zealand}} 1978 Trent Bridge Nottingham England England won by and innings an 119 runs
7 8 6/101 5/39 New Zealand}} 1978 Lord’s Cricket Ground London England England won by 7 wickets
9 5/70 India}} 1979 Edgbaston Cricket Ground Birmingham England England won by an innings and 83 runs
10 5/35 India}} 1979 Lord’s Cricket Ground London England Match Drawn
4 137 India}} 1979 Headingley Stadium Leeds England Match Drawn
11 12 6/78 5/98 Australia}} 1979–80 WACA Ground Perth Australia Australia won by 138 runs
5 119* Australia}} 1979–80 Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne Australia Australia won by 8 wickets
6 114 13 14 6/58 7/48 India}} 1979–80 Wankhede Stadium Bombay India England won by 10 wickets
7 149* 15 6/95 Australia}} 1981 Headingley Stadium Leeds England England won by 18 runs
16 5/11 Australia}} 1981 Edgbaston Cricket Ground Birmingham England England won by 29 runs
8 118 Australia}} 1981 Old Trafford Cricket Ground Manchester England England won by 103 runs
17 6/125 4/128 Australia}} 1981 Kennington Oval London England Match Drawn
18 5/61 India}} 1981–82 Wankhede Stadium Bombay India India won by 138 runs
9 142 India}} 1981–82 Modi Stadium Kanpur India Match Drawn
19 5/46 India}} 1982 Lord’s Cricket Ground London England England won by 7 wickets
10 128 India}} 1982 Old Trafford Cricket Ground Manchester England Match Drawn
11 208 India}} 1982 Kennington Oval London England Match Drawn
20 5/74 Pakistan}} 1982 Headingley Stadium Leeds England England won by 3 wickets
12 103 New Zealand}} 1983 Trent Bridge Nottingham England England won by 165 runs
13 138 21 5/59 New Zealand}} 1983–84 Basin Reserve Wellington New Zealand Match Drawn
22 8/103 West Indies}} 1984 Lord’s Cricket Ground London England West Indies won by 9 wickets
23 5/72 West Indies}} 1984 Kennington Oval London England West Indies won by 172 runs
24 6/90 Sri Lanka}} 1984 Lord’s Cricket Ground London England Match Drawn
25 5/109 Australia}} 1985 Lord’s Cricket Ground London England Australia won by 4 wickets
26 5/71 West Indies}} 1985–86 Queen’s Park Oval Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago West Indies won by 10 wickets
14 138 Australia}} 1986–87 Brisbane Cricket Ground Brisbane Australia England won by 7 wickets
27 5/41 Australia}} 1986–87 Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne Australia England won by an innings and 14 runs