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5. Ian Botham


Experience: 1977-92
Country: England
Other major teams: Durham, Somerset
Career stats in Tests: 102 matches, 5,200 runs, 33.54 batting average, 14 100s, 383 wickets, 28.40 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 116 matches, 2,113 runs, 23.21 batting average, 0 100s, 145 wickets, 28.54 bowling average


Bottom line: The 1981 Ashes series is known as Botham’s Ashes as the England player won the series with his all-round abilities. He took 34 wickets at an average of 20.58, including three fifers and scored 399 runs at an average of 36.27, with two hundreds.
Ian Botham was one of the best all-rounders of his era, along with Richard Hadlee, Imran Khan and Kapil Dev. Botham could walk into the then-English team either as a specialist batsman or a bowler.
When Botham hung up his gloves, he was the highest wicket-taker in Tests. He is also the highest wicket-taker against Australia — 148 scalps at 27.65. He hit 14 centuries in Tests, including a double century — a feat even a specialist batsman would find tough to achieve.
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