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Old 25-04-2018, 12:56 PM   #40
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Been reading about Botham. In truth, a couple of his contemporaries such as David Gower and Graham Gooch were actually better batsmen (which is how I remember it), but the reason Botham is so remembered is because of his penchant for innings like the one above, and his larger-than-life persona which made good copy.

When Botham emerged, cricket in England was still seen as the province of the middle classes, and those from the south of England at that. If you went to the right school, you'd be chosen to play. Coming from a working-class background Botham had to win their acceptance but a lot of his persona was in defiance of the cricket establishment. Working class cricket fans championed him due to his entertaining, unpredictable style of playing, as well as being from the same background.
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