Ian Botham character jug modeled by David B. Biggs and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1998 limited edition of 9,500 commissioned by Lawleys By Post. Ian Terence Botham (1955- ) was one of England's best-ever cricketers; if not the greatest all-rounder, almost certainly the greatest match winner. In a Test career spanning fifteen years from 1977 he made 5,200 runs at an average of 33.54, and took 383 wickets at an average of 28.40. Similarly successful at one-day cricket, he was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1978. He served as England's captain for twelve Tests in 1980, but was unsuccessful as a captain, with eight draws and four losses. After resigning his captaincy due to a loss and a draw in the first two Tests against Australia, he subsequently scored 149 not out in the second inning of the Third Test to bring England from 135-7 behind and record an unimaginable victory, providing the turning point as England went on to win the series, 3-1. In another brilliant all-round performance against India in Bombay in 1989-90 he accomplished the first-time-ever feat of scoring a century and taking ten wickets in a Test match. A shin pad and cricket ball form the handle of this jug.
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