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How it feels to play for England in a Cricket World Cup final

England players shed a few tears and cursed their luck the last time they reached a World Cup finalBy Derek Pringle for The NightwatchmanIt is 27 years since England last contested a Cricket World Cup final. I know; I was there. Melbourne was the city,…

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How it feels to play for England in a Cricket World Cup final

England players shed a few tears and cursed their luck the last time they reached a World Cup finalBy Derek Pringle for The NightwatchmanIt is 27 years since England last contested a Cricket World Cup final. I know; I was there. Melbourne was the city,…

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When Ian Botham played king at the panto and the 1992 Cricket World Cup

Botham came off the stage at Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre and inspired England to victory over Australia at the World CupBy Steven Pye for the Guardian Sport NetworkThings were rarely dull where Ian Botham was concerned. After all, anyone who is an i…

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The Spin | A skinful of Ian Botham fills Derek Pringle’s excellent grog-filled memoir

Former England Test bowler’s eye-popping and hilarious account of cricket in the 80s is as doused as a sherry trifleThe Spin this week is a book review of sorts but one that coincides with an anniversary too, being as it is a year to the day since Engl…

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When England cricketers made the front pages – for no apparent reason

Allegations surrounding the lost Test at Christchurch in 1984 eventually saw the expedition dubbed the ‘sex and drugs and rock’n’roll tour’ – and they tell me I was on itCricket seldom makes the front pages with a good news story. That might have happe…

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Why does county cricket always get the blame for England’s failings? | Andy Bull

The ECB is an easy target but skewing the domestic game to produce more spinners and favour limited-overs cricket looks to have backfiredA stock of explanations and excuses is a valuable bit of any cricketer’s kit and should be kept ready, stashed by b…

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Ian Botham calls for transfer system after Durham lose Paul Coughlin

• Former England captain questions ‘conflict of interests’ over Notts move
• Keaton Jennings could be the next to leave embattled North East club

Sir Ian Botham, the chairman of Durham, has angrily questioned conflicts of interest within the England selection panel and called for the introduction of a transfer system in cricket after seeing Paul Coughlin, a talented all-rounder, opt to leave the embattled club for Nottinghamshire.

In a pointed statement issued on Tuesday announcing Coughlin’s decision to leave for a three-year deal at Trent Bridge, Botham expressed his frustration at losing a home-grown player and, while not naming him directly, highlighted the fact that one of the draws of Nottinghamshire is that their director cricket, Mick Newell, is also on the national selection panel.

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Sir Ian Botham vows to restore Durham pride after unveiling as chairman

• County club will begin new season with 48-point deduction
• ‘Anyone who knows me knows I’m not going to go into this half-cocked’

Sir Ian Botham has signalled his intention to restore Durham to the pinnacle of county cricket after taking over as chairman.

The former England all-rounder, who ended his distinguished playing career with the north-east club, has stepped in following the cash-strapped club’s relegation from Division One of the County Championship after accepting a financial bailout from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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New England Patriots prove the potency of the great comeback | Andrew Anthony

A moment of impossible fortune proved the turning point that sparked a stunning Super Bowl revival, and reminded us why fightback wins are the most cherished of all

In Fever Pitch, his peerless football fan’s memoir, Nick Hornby describes a cathartic moment in his life. He is watching Arsenal – naturally – and they’re playing in the semi-final of the 1987 Littlewoods Cup. It was hardly the Champions League, but it was an intense affair that mattered a lot at that time, not least because Arsenal’s opponents were their hated neighbours Tottenham Hotspur.

It was the third match of the tie, the first two legs ending in a draw, and Spurs were winning with the game drawing to a close. At that time Arsenal were going through a sticky period, as was Hornby, and it looked like another disappointment was about to be dumped on their respective shoulders. Spurs had been much the better side. And then, from out of nowhere, with eight minutes to go, the substitute Ian Allinson levelled and, in the last minute, David Rocastle scored the winner for Arsenal.

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Ben Stokes says Durham punishment hard to take but ECB saved the county

• ‘If the ECB hadn’t have done what they have done, Durham would have folded’
• England all-rounder welcomes Ian Botham’s likely arrival at the county

Ben Stokes described the punishment meted out by the England and Wales Cricket Board to his county, Durham, as “tough on the players”, but says the situation is “probably the best way for us”.

Related: Hampshire chairman hopes for Ashes Test in wake of Durham’s punishment

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Ian Botham wants to be the spark that helps relight Durham’s fire | Ali Martin

Riverside old boy keen to provide the jolt that helps keep his final county, the three-times champions, in the public consciousness

Durham issued a statement of gratitude on Tuesday afternoon for a landslide of support from the wider cricketing family following their relegation to Division Two in exchange for a £3.8m bailout, describing the response over the previous 24 hours as “beyond comprehension”.

The news that the County Championship’s youngest club will, for reasons beyond their on-field performance, start the 2017 season at the bottom of the pile with a 48‑point deficit certainly shocked all who heard it on Monday. Football, the north-east’s first love, is well used to such scenarios. But cricket? The summer sport has never before witnessed such a public defenestration.

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How Ian Botham broke records, roof tiles and a tibia as he scored 208 for England

Ben Stokes broke Ian Botham’s record for England’s quickest Test match double hundred against South Africa earlier this month but he didn’t break any bones

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

It was always going to be a tough for Ian Botham to follow up his 1981 exploits during the next English summer. But such was his ability and belief, he gave it a bloody good go. The 1982 home series against India may not have contained the same drama as Botham’s 149*, 5/1 in 28 balls or 118, yet his 208 at The Oval demonstrated the destructive nature of the man. Come the end of the innings, Sunil Gavaskar had a broken tibia and Beefy had scored the fastest double hundred in Test match history (based on balls faced).

Botham was in the middle of a purple patch with bat in hand. After his two Ashes hundreds, he scored 440 runs at an average of 55 during the winter tour to India, including four half centuries and a very responsible 142 in the final Test at Kanpur. Batting at No5 in the last two Tests of the series, Botham’s form was so good that he backed himself to score 1,000 Test runs in the calendar year at odds of 6/1 – he must have collected his winnings, as he ended 1982 with 1,095 runs – and, as the first two Tests of the 1982 home series emphasised, his hunger for runs (and wickets) continued.

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From Ian Botham to Ben Stokes: six of the most destructive England innings

Stokes blasts 258 in the second Test against South Africa, while Kevin Pietersen and Marcus Trescothick made their mark before him

The stuff of legend. With England in dire straits and struggling to avoid an innings defeat, Botham’s counterattack, with nothing to lose, turned not only the match on its head but the series. His runs came from 148 balls, giving England a lead and a glimmer. Bob Willis did the rest.

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Sir Ian Botham hails England’s record-breaker Ben Stokes ‘king of the castle’

• Stokes hit England’s fastest Test double-century in 163 balls
• Former captain Michael Vaughan calls innings an ‘I was there moment’

Sir Ian Botham hailed the “king of the castle” Ben Stokes after seeing his record for England’s fastest Test double-century broken by the Durham all-rounder. Stokes took 163 balls to reach the landmark in the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town, smashing Botham’s mark of 220 against India in 1982.

Related: England’s Ben Stokes stuns South Africa with masterful 163-ball double century

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England finalising first Ashes Test plans following Ian Botham’s pep talk

• Alastair Cook faced up against both Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid in nets
• Botham entertained players on Sunday with tales of past series

It was the day after the knight before. Fresh from spending their previous evening listening to tales of derring-do from the legendary all-rounder Sir Ian Botham over a beer, England held their penultimate training session in Cardiff on Monday before the much-anticipated first Ashes Test with Australia.

Related: 2005 and all that: an alternative history of the greatest Ashes

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The Joy of Six: Ashes quotes | Rob Smyth

From 58 beers to burnt toast via the promise of a broken arm, here are half-a-dozen memorable Ashes quotes
• The Guardian bookshop: Gentlemen and Sledgers, by Rob Smyth

Don Bradman to his team-mates, Trent Bridge, 1938

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Jimmy Anderson ‘proud’ after becoming England’s leading wicket-taker in Tests

• Paceman moved past Sir Ian Botham’s record in Antigua
• ‘I am confident I am able to carry on for a few more years’
• Anderson, probably the most skilful bowler to hail from British shores
• West Indies v England: first Test, day five – as it happened

James Anderson spoke of his pride after becoming England’s leading wicket taker in Test cricket. The Lancashire paceman usurped Sir Ian Botham after he had Denesh Ramdin caught by captain Alastair Cook for his 384th Test wicket.

The West Indies eventually held on, thanks to a Jason Holder century to earn a draw in Antigua, but when Anderson snared the Windies captain, the hosts were 294 for seven. It was a proud moment for Anderson but surprisingly breaking the record was not at the forefront of his mind.

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Ian Botham and Andrew Strauss call for England shakeup after World Cup flop

• Kevin Pietersen also lambasts England for early World Cup exit
• Shane Warne says he ‘feels for Morgan, coach in trouble!’
• England crash out of Cricket World Cup at group stage
• England coach Peter Moores ‘desperate to carry on’

Peter Moores is facing calls for his second spell as the England coach to be terminated after a humiliating 15-run defeat against of Bangladesh in Adelaide saw his side tumble out of the Cricket World Cup in the group stages.

Moores, who returned to the top job in April last year following Andy Flower’s move into a background coaching position, was ridiculed on social media for telling Test Match Special he would need to “look at the data” after England were bowled out for 260 needing 276 to stay in the tournament.

Surely you don’t need to look at any Data to tell you that 275 is chase able against Bangladesh….!!!

Well done Bangladesh ! England pathetic ! When are we going to pick the selectors to pick a team for the 1 day format ? Time for change !!

Eng had the wrong team, the wrong style of play & everyone could see it, tonight’s result not a shock. I feel for Morgan, coach in trouble !

I CANNOT BELIVE THIS! I JUST CANNOT! But, well done Bangladesh! You deserved it! #ENGvBAN

DO NOT SAY WE HAVENT PRIORITISED ODI CRICKET! We played a back to back Ashes to make sure England played 6 months of ODI’s before this WC!

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Ian Botham leads call for Alastair Cook to quit as England one-day captain

• Former all-rounder infuriated by latest defeat in Sri Lanka
• ‘England need to make changes and make them quickly’
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No surprise that Sir Ian Botham hit the right note with Lords lecture

Charming the toffs with self-deprecating humour in between bullet points about English education and the IPL, Sir Ian Bothams Spirit of Cricket Lecture was a hit Botham uses Lords lecture to criticise IPL Continue reading…