England cricket legend Sir Ian Botham signed 16 x 12 Ashes photograph

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Seller: sbcsignedbychampions (336) 100%, Location: Hove, East Sussex, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 172007502214 Sir Ian Botham was a genuine all-rounder with 14 centuries and 383 wickets in Test cricket, and remains well-known by 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 still holds the record for the highest number of wickets taken by an England bowler. 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. Botham made his Test debut for England on 28 July 1977 in the Third Test against Australia, where he took five wickets for 74 runs in the first innings. He went on to enjoy a Test career spanning 15 years, in which he played in 102 matches. Botham finished his Test career with 5,200 runs at an average of 33.54, taking 383 wickets at an average of 28.40, and holding 120 catches. He is generally regarded as one of England's greatest Test players. He was also England's captain for 12 Tests in 1980 and 1981. As captain of the England XI, Botham is generally considered to have been unsuccessful. His tenure was brief and under his captaincy the team achieved no wins, 8 draws and 4 losses. In his defence, 9 of his matches as captain were against the best team of that era, the West Indies, who won 12 out of the next 13 Tests played against England. He was renowned as a big-hitting batsman, though with a classical technique of playing straight, and as a fast-medium paced swing bowler who could be very effective when atmospheric conditions favoured his style. This superb 16 x 12 inches print shows Botham running off the pitch, stump in hand during the famous 'Botham's Ashes' series of 1981. It comes in a presentation envelope with a numbered certificate of authenticity showing 'Beefy' at the signing session. Check out my other items! Condition: New, Type: Sport, Object: Signed Prints, Sub-Type: Cricket, Certification: Certified: Private Signings, Surname Initial: B

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