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 conteSir 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....
|Title||:||Botham's Book of the Ashes: A Lifetime Love Affair with Cricket's Greatest Rivalry|
|Number of Pages||:||272 Pages|
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Botham's Book of the Ashes: A Lifetime Love Affair with Cricket's Greatest Rivalry Reviews
Beefy Botham notches a few more old scores in his great Ashes record with bat, ball & banter! Never a man to hold back from expressing himself, his relish for a battle appears not to have waned since his retirement from the game as a player of extraordinary power,skill,nerve & determination. This book of cricket realities exposes the gritty & at times, downright hostile nature, of Test matches between England & Australia - there's more than an element of Australian chippiness & English disdain in Botham's vivid descriptions of Ashes encounters, both in England's great grounds & down-under in Australia's febrile stadiums.(100,000 at the MCG!). Botham recalls classic matches & now semi-legendary players with his usual directness; I found my nostalgia-button being pressed on numerous occasions, most notably the 1981 triumph for England at Headingley, with Botham & Dilley's unbelievable stand to set-up Bob Willis 8-47 in a monumentally stunning bowling performance,almost overlooked now, but remembered with respect by our swashbuckling & often piratical hero. But Botham has genuine respect for his often ignoble opponents - Merv Hughes comes over as an Aussie larrikin with few redeeming qualities with his obscene & pitiless 'sledging' of pusillanimous Poms! Sir Ian gives all due credit to the genius of Shane Warne, the grit of any number of Aussie batsmen & the tornadoes that were Lillee (DKL!)& Thomson, McGrath & Hughes...It's a love-hate relationship that has spanned 30-odd years now; the Ashes are so much a part of Botham's extraordinary life - his charity work needs a volume to itself! - that despite humiliations & triumphs,the reader feels that Sir Beefy would have had it no other way! Cricket played between England & Australia is not just sport...it's the greatest of all international sporting encounters,& this affectionate book captures some of the flavour of its bloody magnetism! Botham wants 'The Ashes' back soon...on Sky Sports TV in colour with sound-effects & real blood on the wicket! And so do I! It hurts to lose...but to win...there's immortality!
This book is "Beefy's" own personal history of cricket's greatest rivalry, the Ashes. From his earliest memories as a child spectator to his rise through the ranks to England captain and on to the commentary box. He lifts the lid on what it was like to take part in some of the classic Ashes series over the years, such as the memorable 1981 series with those great comebacks at Headingley and Edgbaston. The joy, the despair, the sledging and the camaraderie it's all in here along with what Botham considers to be the best players that have taken part in the Ashes during his lifetime.