By Webteam - 19th June 2019 6:03am
The 19th of June 1978
Ian Botham's test cricketing career was sprinkled with many records, some of which still stand: he five times bagged five wickets in an innings and scored a century in the same match (the next best is twice); he was the first test player ever to score a century and take 10 wickets in a match; and he is still the leading English test wicket taker, his total of 383 likely to have been far higher had his speed not been hampered in the latter part of his career with a back injury that eventually forced his retirement.
Ian Botham came to the game as a life force, his verve in stark contrast to many of those who batted with him — Boycott , Tavaré and Brearley for example. Having burst on the test scene aged 21, taking a more than creditable 5 — 74, and scoring 25 in his one knock, he was soon a fixture in the side.
In his second international season Botham showed himself as a true all rounder, in the Trent Bridge Test against Pakistan setting a record still not bettered in world cricket : he scored a dashing 108 (though it should be remembered that while immensely powerful Botham was also a very 'correct' batsman), and then devastated the visiting side with swing bowling that most found totally unplayable, taking 8 — 34.
Mike Brearley, his captain, called him a colossus; Wasim Bari the opposition captain described him as a magnificent cricketer, and so he certainly was.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Apologies to anyone who came to the stall that we intended to run yesterday morning (Saturday) outside the charity shop. Our volunteers arrived to set up at 9am with high hopes but were very soon aware that the elements were not going to be in our favour.It was decided that soggy stock and bedraggled volunteers was not a good idea and sadly had to abandon the plan!We hope to run the stall next...
This has got to be the best news story we have published in a long time.We anticipate a line of thirsty Audlemites (all socially distanced of course) when Allan and Jo open the doors again on July 4th.Allan and Jo say:-It will have been a long 15 weeks since we were forced to close due to the Covid-19 outbreak until we are allowed to open again on July 4th, albeit in a limited...
Audlem Medical Practice Receptionist/Admin Assistant WantedJob DescriptionWe are looking for someone with good communication and computer skills; who works well in a team and is able to be flexible, working extra hours as and when required to cover for colleague's holidays and sickness. Any previous experience would be an advantage but full training will be given. You must have an...
Tuesday 30th Jun
Monday 29th Jun
Methodist Meeting Rooms