English cricketer. One of the world's greatest all-rounders, in 102 Tests for England between 1977 and 1992 he became the first player in Test cricket to score over 5,000 runs as well as take over 300 wickets. He played county cricket for Somerset, Worcestershire, and Durham, and briefly represented Queensland in the Sheffield Shield.
Test cricket (1977–92) appearances: 102; batting: runs: 5,200; average: 33.54; not out: 6; 100s: 14; best: 208 (v. India 1982); bowling: overs: 3,635.5; wickets: 383; runs: 10,878; average: 28.40; best: 8–34 (v. Pakistan 1978); catches: 120
One-day internationals (1976–92) appearances: 116; batting: runs: 2,113; average: 23.21; not out: 15; best: 79 (v. New Zealand 1992); bowling: overs: 1,045.1; wickets: 145; runs: 4,139; average: 28.54; best: 4–31 (v. Australia 1992); catches: 36
All first-class cricket (1974–93) appearances: 402; batting: runs: 19,399; average: 33.97; not out: 46; 100s: 38; best: 228 (v. Gloucestershire 1980); bowling: overs: 10,576.1; wickets: 1,172; runs: 31,902; average: 27.22; best: 8–34 (v. Pakistan 1978); catches: 354
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1978
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 1981
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award 2004
Botham made his Somerset debut in 1974 and first played for England against Australia at Trent Bridge in 1977; he took five wickets for 74 runs in Australia's first innings. The following year against Pakistan he became the first player to score a century and take eight wickets in an innings. He was appointed England captain in 1980 but suffered a loss of form, and resigned after the second Test of the 1981 series against Australia. He then experienced a dramatic revival in his fortunes, with match-winning performances in the third, fourth, and fifth Tests, giving England a memorable series victory. Botham also played Football League soccer for Scunthorpe United 1979–84. He went on to work as a television commentator and analyst, and raised substantial amounts for leukaemia research on several sponsored walks both in the UK and across the Alps. He was knighted in 2007 for services to cricket and for his fundraising for leukaemia research.
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