Sir Ian Botham rose to fame as one of the best all rounders that English cricket has ever seen, with 14 centuries and 383 wickets in Test cricket. Since retiring from the game, he has continued as an internationally recognised personality through his cricket commentary for various TV channels, most notably Sky Sports. Sir Ian is equally well known as a charity fundraiser, raising over £12 million for good causes through walking the length and breath of Britain.
Sir Ian held a number of Test cricket records during his career, and still holds the record for the highest number of wickets taken by an England bowler. Like fellow cricketers Denis Compton, Chris Balderstone and Arnold Sidebottom, he was also a talented footballer, and made 11 appearances in the Football League for Scunthorpe United. Other sports interests include golf and fly fishing, the latter being a passion that led to the TV series Botham on the Fly, with guests such as Eric Clapton, Mike Atherton and Chris Tarrant.
Sir Ian was awarded the OBE in 1992 for his services to cricket and his charity work. In 2007, he was knighted by the Queen in the Queen's Birthday Honours, again in recognition of his cricket achievements, as well as raising money for Leukaemia research. In August 2009, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Two autobiographies have been published, Don't Tell Kath.... (1994) and Head On - Ian Botham (2007).
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