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Sir Ian Botham

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Sir Ian was a genuine world class all-rounder with 14 centuries and 383 wickets in Test cricket, and remains iconic with his nickname "Beefy". While at times a controversial player both on and off the field, Botham also held a number of Test cricket records, and until 17 April 2015 held the record for the highest number of wickets taken by an England bowler, when surpassed by James Anderson.

He is generally regarded as being England's greatest ever all-rounder, particularly in Test cricket, although having earned celebrity status, his award of a knighthood was in recognition of his services to charity. Just like fellow cricketers Denis Compton, Chris Balderstone and Arnold Sidebottom, Botham was also a talented footballer, and made 11 appearances in the Football League!!