Dominant and domineering, Ian Botham was not merely the top English cricketer of the 1980s but the leading sports personality
Ian was England’s greatest all-rounder and won games that were impossible to believe. He was a player that had plenty of self confidence and always believed in himself.
Then began the most famous few weeks in English cricket history when Botham (under Mike Brearley’s captaincy) led England to an astonishing Ashes victory with three performances – two with bat, one with ball – a showcase of sheer brilliance. Every one led to victory and among them they caused a boom in support for English cricket that reverberated through the decade.