Sir Ian Botham and the Ashes are as closely intertwined as willow and leather or Merv Hughes and his moustache. You simply cannot think of one without the other. In this book, Sir Ian takes you on a ride through a lifetime's relationship with cricket's oldest and most treasured prize, revealing just how it has shaped his life and how he has helped to turn it into the contest it is today. From the moment he first watched the likes of Ken Barrington stride to the wicket in jaw-jutting defiance to the day he flayed Australia's bowling attack around Headingley as if playing with his mates in the park, and then onwards to his role in commentating on what was arguably the finest series of the lot in 2005, Sir Ian has a rich and varied connection with the Ashes, and he tells all here. The Ashes is a series that has provided incredible highs and heartbreaking lows for English and Australian fans alike over the past 35 years. Sir Ian has often been at the center of the roller-coaster ride. Whether it is the story of his days as England's dogsbody in 1974 in Melbourne or the refusal to let Bob Willis bowl downwind until he was angry enough to skittle the Aussies in 1981, they are all revealed in depth in Botham's Book of the Ashes.
|Publisher:||Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Sir Ian Botham is a former England Test cricketer and Test team captain whose playing career lasted from 1976 to 1993. Widely known by the nicknames "Beefy" and "Guy the Gorilla," Botham was knighted in 2007 and has authored two autobiographies.
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