Ultimate Test XI Profile: Ian Botham

By May 11, 2020
Ian Botham Ian Botham

Ian Botham made England a team to reckon with. Without him, England were terrible. The quickest player to 1000 runs and 100 wickets, what was impressive about Botham was his self-belief. Botham had high highs and low lows. It took him just four years to become England captain, with everyone understanding he was the finest cricket the country had seen in aeons. But such was the nature of the man that he soon quit as captain as he was about to be sacked. He soon turned some poor form around and almost singlehandedly brought England the Ashes. Support for English cricket had never been as high as when Botham was part of the mix but soon he started to have weight problems and the nuggets of brilliant performances began to be few and far between. Still, Botham would command a place in the England setup until 1992 before he eventually retired with a batting average of 33. 54, 5,200 runs under his belt along with 14 centuries and 22 half-centuries. As a bowler he is part of the 300-wicket Test club, ending his career with 383 from just 102 Tests. He once took 8-34 in a Test match and has career-best match figures of 13-106 which are up there with the greats.  

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Ian Terence Botham

Born: November 24, 1955, Oldfield, Heswall, Cheshire

Major teams: England, Durham, Queensland, Somerset, Worcestershire

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

Height: 6 ft 2 in

 

Test Career (Batting): England (1977-1992)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs     HS     Ave      BF       SR      100s    50s             

102     161      6       5200     208    33.54    8565    60.71     14     22             

 

Test Career (Bowling): England (1977-1992)

Mat    Inns    Balls      Runs     Wkts    BBI      BBM      Ave     Econ   SR     4w    5w   10w

102     168     21815    10878     383      8/34    13/106   28.40   2.99    56.9    17     27     4

 

Career Highlights

  • 2nd fastest player to 3000 runs and 200 wickets (55 Tests)
  • 1st player to score a century and take 10 wickets in a Test
  • Record for most centuries and 5-wicket hauls in the same Test (4)
  • Scored 5200 runs at 33.54
  • Secured 383 wickets at 28.40
Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Related items

  • Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Rohit Sharma Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Rohit Sharma

    Rohit Sharma’s career started slowly. He was clearly a talented player but never found that consistency all great players possess. Over the last few years though, that part of his game has come on in leaps and bounds and India can count on him to contribute significantly to most of their totals. That consistency came when he moved to the opening position in 2012. Since then, ‘hitman’, has shown a particular penchant for scoring double hundreds. In fact, as an ODI opener, facing the first delivery, he averages 56, while as the man at the non-striker’s end when the first ball is bowled to India, he averages 64.84, both higher than his career average of 49.27. Sharma is for want of a less common phrase, easy on the eye, and uses timing and classic intent to get his runs, however, he has plenty of power too. Sharma has scored almost half the number of total double hundreds the ODI game has seen in its history, his 209, 264, and 208 not out, equivalent to three of the seven scored to date. The West Indies’ Chris Gayle, India’s Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, along with New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, are the only other players to score ODI double hundreds, each of them doing so once.

     

    Career Statistics

    Full name: Rohit Gurunath Sharma

    Born: April 30, 1987, Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra

    Major teams: India, Air India, Deccan Chargers, India A, India Blue, India Green, India Red, India Under-19s, Indian Board President's XI, Indian Oil Corporation XI, Mumbai, Mumbai Cricket Association President's XI, Mumbai Cricket Association XI, Mumbai Indians, Mumbai Under-19s, Rest of India, West Zone

    Playing role: Top-order batsman

    Batting style: Right-hand bat

    Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

     

    ODI Career: India (2007-present)

    Mat    Inns    NO     Runs     HS     Ave      BF          SR           100s      50s         4s        6s     

    224      217    32      9115      264    49.27   10250     88.92           29       43           817      244

  • First impressions are wrong half the time - Body-shaming athletes a poor start First impressions are wrong half the time - Body-shaming athletes a poor start

    When I told my friend I was dedicating this blog to footballers like him, right off the bat he knew what I meant. Fat footballers.

    Generally, fat means sluggish, lazy, slow and unskilled. Well, he’s no stranger to hearing these stereotypes. And he’s no stranger to overcoming them either.

    For about 11 years his weight overshadowed small wins like going to four finals, receiving two medals and playing for Ardenne Prep, Jamaica College, Greater Portmore, Naggo Head and Duhaney Park.

    “There was this one time when I went to a match and the opposing coach explained to his players that the right side of the field is the weaker side because there is a big fat boy on there— and there’s no way that this big fat boy can contain any of the players.”

    Sportsmen and women are seen as the best physical specimens because they perform feats many of us can only dream of. Being overweight pokes holes into that ideal with the reaction from fans and even those inside sports like coaches and managers being to misjudge a player’s value and ability.

    “I played numerous positions— forward, midfielder, defender. I enjoyed the defending position most. I engaged in tackles and used my brain to contain quick and skilful players. We had to set up different walls to contain corner and free kicks. It was like guiding a ship!”

    Despite possessing obvious ability, my friend’s body-shaming continued unabated. Body shaming is criticizing or drawing attention to someone’s shape, size or appearance.

    Teammates, players’ parents— it came from all directions. The taunting was overbearing. “Some of the people who body-shamed me were parents, coaches, players, teammates and friends. When I was in prep school, a player’s parent expressed that she doesn’t understand why her son is sitting on the bench when there is a fat boy on the field. She wondered what I had over her son.”

    “Another example is in high school, a coach was giving out letters for summer training. He said to me that he doesn’t allow fat players on his team and the only way I’d get a letter was if I did something about my weight.

    “I asked him if he did anything about it (his weight). He explained that he has always been on the chubbier side. He’s naturally big and so is his family. He then started to tell me how diets and portion control never work for him.

    “To put him out of his misery, I asked if there was an upside to the misconceptions others had of him. I’ve definitely changed some minds. It was the beginning of the football season when all my teammates were talking about who was going to be captain. My coach didn’t announce the captain until minutes before the match. While spectators waited outside the dressing room for us, my coach turned to me and gave me the captain’s armband and told me that I’ll be leading the team for the rest of the season.

    “I didn’t put on my armband before walking out of the dressing room but I led my team out. Usually, the captain leads the team to the game. I could hear spectators asking if I was the captain or not. As I approached the field I asked my fellow teammate to put the armband around my left arm to show the spectators, the rest of the team and the opposing team who was the actual captain.

    “The coach saw me play the year before and knew I was capable.”

    I wanted our discussion to end on a happy note. Still, I asked him if body shaming affected him in any way. He said ‘no.’

    I wasn’t convinced because he remembered the remarks to a ‘t’; as if they were freshly said. I figured they lingered.

    I didn’t bother to tell him that part because I’d rather tell you guys this:

    Please be kinder to players who look like my friend. In no way is body shaming okay.

    Rahkeem Cornwall debuted for the West Indies on August 30, 2019, against India.

    Cornwall does not look like the average cricketer, lean and powerful, light on his or her feet, yet, in just his second match, against Afghanistan in Lucknow, he was the region’s best bowler, grabbing 7-75 and 3-46.

    He also showed in the CPL that he is a dangerous batsman when he gets going and can take a game away from a team with his batting and bowling. At the first-class level, Cornwall has already taken over 300 wickets in just 62 games.

    From Jimbo’s example, maybe there’s something to be said about staying your judgements.

    Please share your thoughts on Twitter (@SportsMax_Carib) or in the comments section on Facebook (@SportsMax). Don’t forget to use #IAmNotAFan. Until next time!

  • West Indies paceman Gabriel pushing for involvement in England series West Indies paceman Gabriel pushing for involvement in England series

    West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel is hopeful of returning from injury in time to be selected for a planned Test tour of England.

    The Windies and England are attempting to organise a three-match series - to be held behind closed doors - for July, with games pencilled in for July 8, July 16 and July 24, according to Johnny Grave, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive.

    Grave also confirmed a 25-man squad, including 10 reserves, will travel to the United Kingdom in the week commencing June 8.

    Gabriel has not featured in the longest format since September 2019, having struggled with an ankle injury which subsequently required surgery in November last year.

    Now, the paceman is focusing on stepping up his rehabilitation with the aim of returning to the fold for the series.

    "It's a good feeling always to represent West Indies. It's good to be back out on the park," he told i955FM.

    "The plan is right now to try to make it to the tour to England - hopefully that comes off. I'm just trying my best to stay positive and I hope everything goes well.

    "It has been a long journey since November when I did the surgery on my ankle. Everything is going well, it has been a long process in terms of getting back to running and bowling and stuff like that.

    "I am trying my best to be as fit as possible so I'm really working hard in terms of my fitness and managing my weight, trying not to get too heavy to put too much strain on my ankle. So I know once I put in the hard work everything will be okay in the end. I just want to stay positive.

    "There has been no high-intensity work, I'm just taking my body back into it easy, taking it one day at a time and not trying to push too hard but it's still long while before the first Test in England and by that time I'm sure I'll be fit and ready."

    With cricket having been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gabriel does not expect it to be an easy transition for many players to return, especially with physical-distancing measures introduced by the ICC.

    "It's going to take a lot. It's going to be mentally taxing on the brain but you have to stay positive. Keep your mind fresh," Gabriel said.

    "I know they [England] are going to be coming at us all guns [blazing] at us, but I know the guys

    "Plus plenty of the guys haven't been playing any cricket, so it is going to take us a while to get back there. On the positive side, you're still getting the opportunity to play cricket and represent your country so that in itself should be enough motivation."

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.