Ian Botham autograph cricket card
Ian Botham autograph cricket card. 6″ x 4″
Sir Ian Terence Botham. OBE (born 24 November 1955) is a former England Test cricketer and Test team captain. Currently working as a cricket commentator. In Test cricket, Botham scored 5,200 runs (14 centuries). Took 383 wickets and, fielding predominantly in the slips, held 120 catches. In all first-class cricket. He scored 19,399 runs at an average of 33.97. Took 1,172 wickets at 27.22 and held 354 catches. He played mainly for Somerset; and also for Durham and Worcestershire. As well as a season (1987–88) in Australia playing for Queensland.
While at times a controversial player both on and off the field. Botham held a number of Test cricket records. These included the record for the highest number of wickets taken by an England bowler, until 17 April 2015 when his total was surpassed by Jimmy Anderson. Botham was one of England’s most successful all-rounders, particularly in Test cricket. Although his award of a knighthood was actually in recognition of his services to charity. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2007 New Years Honours List on 8 August 2009 and was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Botham was a talented footballer. He made 11 appearances in the Football League for Scunthorpe United. He remains well known by his nickname “Beefy”.