Ian Botham


No-ball! England's chronic overstepping attacked by Sir Ian Botham

If there is a guiding philosophy to Chris Silverwood’s England Test team, it could be called ‘back to basics’. Trust specialists. Bat for a long time, not a good time. And, as Silverwood declared in his press conference when he was unveiled as head coach, “create a bowling attack that is absolutely relentless”.
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Ben Stokes’ bowling crucial to England’s Ashes hopes, Ian Botham believes

Sir Ian Botham believes Ben Stokes’ bowling could be key to England’s chances of winning the Ashes in AustraliaBotham says he never doubted Stokes’ participation after the Durham all-rounder took an indefinite break from cricket in July to rest his finger and prioritise his mental well-being.“First and foremost, I never thought he wouldn’t be there,” Botham said. “And that’s not inside information, because we didn’t see him at Durham until after the second operation.“Ben is a match-winner. I hope that he’s fit enough to bowl and strong enough because I think that will be crucial. Because he’s an aggressive bowler.“Everyone...
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England under fire from cricket greats Ian Botham and Michael Holding

England have come under fire from two cricketing greats, with Ian Botham suggesting some players “don’t fancy the ultimate test” of this winter’s Ashes tour. Michael Holding, meanwhile, has accused the England and Wales Cricket Board of “western arrogance” over the cancellation of the tour of Pakistan. The five-Test Ashes...

Ian Botham questions England’s desire to play ‘ultimate test’ in Australia

Ian Botham has questioned the desire of some England players to play in this winter’s Ashes suggesting they “don’t fancy the ultimate test”.The five-Test series is in doubt due to the strict coronavirus restrictions in Australia with captain Joe Root one of the players who has yet to commit to going on the tour.Discussions have been held between the ECB and Cricket Australia over entry requirements and quarantine and bubble conditions England will face Down Under, with the players set to make a decision by the end of the week.Serial Ashes winner Botham believes some England players could...

Ian Botham on Ashes stand-off: 'I question whether these players don’t fancy the ultimate test'

England players wavering over going on the Ashes tour have been denounced by Lord Botham, who cast doubt on their desire to take on “the ultimate test”. In an exclusive interview with Telegraph Sport about the crisis to have engulfed cricket’s most iconic series, Botham said he would “already have my bags packed” if selected for this winter’s trip to Australia.

Ian Botham as trade envoy and prisoners bussed in to execute cows – yes, the UK has officially lost the plot

The headlines tonight: labour shortage sees prisoners bussed in to execute cows, and Lord Ian Botham named as Her Majesty’s trade envoy to Australia.For those of us who have spent almost two decades yearning for a return of Chris Morris’s The Day Today, there is arguably some comfort in the fact that for a fair chunk of that time, the actual news has been doing a more than adequate job in its place. If you’re under the age of 30, there’s precious little chance you’ll be able to see the actual UK as what it really is these days,...