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  • Jonathan Trott should be dropped by England: Ian Botham 5 days ago

    St. George: England bowling legend Sir Ian Botham said batsman Jonathan Trott should be left out by England for the second Test against the West Indies starting on Tuesday. Trott suffered a miserable return to Test cricket as he was dismissed for four runs in his two innings as an opener...
  • James Anderson breaks Ian Botham's record April 18, 2015

    Anderson became England's highest wicket-taker in test cricket when he claimed his 384th victim in the drawn first Test against West Indies in Antigua. ...
  • James Anderson will be remembered as an England great: Vivian Richards April 13, 2015

    St. John's: West Indian batting great Vivian Richards said that pacer James Anderson will be remembered as an England great and a worthy heir to legendary all-rounder Ian Botham. Anderson earns his 100th Test cap on Monday when England take on the West Indies at the Antiguan ground that bears Richards'...
  • Ponting, Richards, Botham back New Zealand to win the World Cup March 13, 2015

    Wellington: Three cricketing greats -- Ricky Ponting, Ian Botham and Viv Richards -- have voiced their support for the New Zealand team who they believe can clinch this year's World Cup trophy. New Zealand's performances so far in the tournament has seen them tipped as one of the genuine contenders. Ponting, who...
  • England's ODI faults exposed at World Cup, says Ian Botham February 21, 2015

    England great Ian Botham, after seeing New Zealand thrash Eoin Morgan's men by eight wickets in their World Cup pool clash at Wellington, was clear. "In nearly 40 years of playing for and watching England in one-day cricket, I have not seen a worse performance," the legendary allrounder wrote in...
  • Cricket greats who have never won a World Cup January 30, 2015

    There are countless talented cricketers who had worked tirelessly throughout their careers to have their hands on the coveted ICC Cricket World Cup trophy, but the title of world champion eluded them. I was one of those lucky ones to be part of the winning ICC Cricket World Cup squad...
  • Alastair Cook should be dropped as England captain, says Ian Botham November 29, 2014

    London: Alastair Cook should be dropped as England one-day captain after presiding over another "flat and tedious" display in an eight-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka on Saturday, according to former all-rounder Ian Bothsm. The hosts easily chased down England's paltry 185 in the second match of the series, reaching their target...
  • I took pedalo for drink with Botham, reveals Flintoff September 12, 2014

    Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff has revealed that his notorious encounter with a pedalo during the 2007 World Cup was a failed attempt to enjoy a nightcap with Ian Botham. Flintoff was fined and banned for one match by thenEngland coach Duncan Fletcher after the drunken incident in the Caribbean,...
  • Indian Premier League made me a more skilful player: Eoin Morgan September 6, 2014

    Birmingham: Eoin Morgan defended the Indian Premier League as he prepared to captain England in their lone Twenty20 international against India at Edgbaston on Sunday England great Ian Botham used his MCC Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's earlier this week to call for the domestic Indian Twenty20 franchise competition to be shut...
  • Lack of IPL hurting England in shorter formats, says Akram September 5, 2014

    London: Not playing the Indian Premier League is the reason behind England's struggles in the shorter formats, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said, a day after England great Ian Botham called for the rich Twenty20 competition to be scrapped. England were thumped 41 in Australia in their oneday international series at...
  • BCCI slams Ian Botham for hitting out at IPL September 5, 2014

    Mumbai: BCCI on Friday rubbished former England great Ian Botham's criticism of the highly lucrative Indian Premier League, saying he had no locus standi, and advised him to first get his facts right before commenting on the Twenty20 League. "Let him get his facts correct first. He has asked how the...
  • Ian Botham calls for end to Indian Premier League September 4, 2014

    London: England great Ian Botham said on Wednesday the Indian Premier League was "too powerful" for cricket's longterm good as he called for the lucrative Twenty20 domestic tournament to be scrapped. Delivering the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's, where he was once a groundstaff boy before going on...
  • England performance an embarrassment, says Ian Botham September 3, 2014

    London: Angry and sad at the way England have been outplayed in the ongoing ODI series against India, former captain Ian Botham and retired spinner Graeme Swann said the performance of the side led by Alastair Cook is nothing short of an "embarrassment". "Rarely have I been so angry at watching...
  • England ponder options at India ODI after Botham blast August 30, 2014

    London: England will have criticism from allround great Ian Botham ringing in their ears as they try to get back on level terms with India in the third oneday international at Trent Bridge on Saturday. Wednesday's huge 133run defeat by India in Cardiff was almost a textbook demonstration of what have...
  • Nude picture on Ian Botham's Twitter page, says account hacked August 18, 2014

    London: Former England allrounder Ian Botham was embarrassed on Monday when a photograph of a naked man appeared on his Twitter page. The explicit picture, accompanied by a suggestive message, was quickly removed and Botham claimed that his account @BeefyBotham, which has over 310,000 followers had been hacked. Former Welsh...
  • Geoffrey Boycott, Ian Botham laud England for turnaround August 1, 2014

    London: Lavishing praise on the England cricket team for their seriesequalising win in the third Test against India, former captains Geoffrey Boycott and Ian Botham said the home side looked much stronger than the tourists in every department of the game. Writing in 'The Daily Telegraph', Boycott hoped that the English...
  • James Anderson becomes highest wickettaker in England July 17, 2014

    London: At the centre of controversy surrounding his alleged altercation with Ravindra Jadeja in Trent Bridge, fast bowler James Anderson on Thursday replaced Fred Trueman as England's highest wickettaker in the Old Blighty, where he has accounted for 230 scalps. Another Englishman, Trueman, had taken 229 wickets in this country, while...
  • Flintoff making 'massive mistake' in coming back to cricket: Ian Botham May 31, 2014

    England great Ian Botham said Andrew Flintoff was making a "massive mistake" in coming back to play Twenty20 county cricket after five years out of the game. Flintoff, like Botham a pace bowling allrounder and exEngland captain, was forced to retire through injury in 2009, his ankles and knees having repeatedly...
  • Ian Botham to Deliver MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture May 30, 2014

    London: English cricket legend Sir Ian Botham will deliver the 14th MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's on September 3. The iconic allrounder turned commentator will become the fourth Englishman to give the address after Geoffrey Boycott in 2005, Christopher MartinJenkins in 2007 and Tony Greig in 2012. Botham,...
  • Imran best allrounder of my era, says Hadlee August 18, 2013

    Bangalore: Former New Zealand allrounder Sir Richard Hadlee has voted Pakistan's Imran Khan as the best allrounder of his era, calling him a complete package in the celebrated '80s quartet, which included himself, Kapil Dev and Ian Botham. "If I was asked to pick who was the better of the four...
  • Ian Botham still disappointed at not winning 1992 World Cup August 1, 2013

    Dubai: The 1992 World Cup final defeat to Pakistan still haunts Ian Botham but the former England allrounder does not have any regrets as he gave his all to win the trophy. England had lost to Pakistan by 22 runs in the final after being bowled out for 227 while...
  • Anderson ready to shoulder Ashes burden July 15, 2013

    Nottingham: James Anderson insisted he was prepared for more hard work in pursuit of Ashes glory after leading England to a nailbiting 14run win over Australia in the first Test at Trent Bridge. Anderson bowled 13 unchanged overs in Sunday's morning session, taking three for 29 on his way to innings...
  • Ian Botham's Ashes and my world July 11, 2013

    It is that time again the quadrennial homecoming of the historic Ashes series to England. And, as always, the mind harks back to the English summer of 1981 when this writer fell in love with sport thanks to the battle for the Urn of that year. Growing up in...
  • Botham foresees 100 demolition of Aussies July 8, 2013

    Despite the appointment of Darren Lehmann as Australia coach, former England allrounder Ian Botham feels that England will thrash their traditional rivals 100 in backtoback Ashes encounters. "I haven't seen anything to remotely make me feel as though I need to change my initial prediction of a double 50," Botham...
  • Ian Botham backs England to whitewash Australia in the Ashes June 10, 2013

    London: Ian Botham has warned Australia that England are so superior to their old rivals that it would be no surprise to see backtoback whitewashes in the forthcoming Ashes doubleheader. England legend Botham believes his country's 48run win over Australia in the Champions Trophy on Saturday is likely to be the...
  • Ian Botham mocks Australia's woes in India March 14, 2013

    Wellington: England great Ian Botham revealed he was relishing Australia's woes in India after four players were suspended for indiscipline, mocking the "wellness reports" they are forced to complete. The former swashbuckling all-rounder was referring to the daily reports Australia's players are required to fill out every morning while on...
  • Botham, Hussain pay tributes to Tony Greig December 29, 2012

    London: Former England captains Ian Botham and Nasser Hussain have led the tributes to their late predecessor Tony Greig, who died on Saturday at the age of 66. The South Africaborn Greig, a swashbuckling middleorder batsman and mediumfast bowler, passed away at his home in Sydney, two months after being...
  • Yuvraj at ease in emotional comeback September 11, 2012

    "Who writes your script?" Graham Gooch once asked about Ian Botham in 1986. Cut to 2012, and the eternal scriptwriter has so nearly written another incredible one. Nearly a year after being diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer, Yuvraj Singh returned to international cricket with a performance that made...