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One of cricket’s greatest all-rounders, ‘Beefy’ racked up 14 Test centuries and 383 wickets. He also played football for Scunthorpe, and was voted both Sports Personality and Pipe Smoker of the Year. He is now a Sky commentator, an inspiring fundraiser and an obsessive angler.
Ian Botham is the best all-rounder England has ever produced. He holds the world record of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in just 21 tests, and he remains the greatest wicket taker in 115 years of English test cricket.
Away from the crease, Botham has played professional football (for Scunthorpe), and raised millions for Leukaemia Research. Since his retirement, he has commentated for Sky Sports and developed a keen interest in the Pro-Am golf circuit.
Ian Botham has also written a novel, Deep Cover, and the autobiographical Don’t Tell Kath - which became the most successful sports memoir in publishing history. He was awarded an OBE and then knighted for his services to cricket and charity, walking thousands of miles in a series of sponsored walks. He also has the rare distinction of being voted Sports Personality and Pipe Smoker of the Year.
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