Legend Ian Botham an impossible act to emulate for England - all-rounders pay tribute
Stokes and former all-rounders reflect on Beefy's achievements
Last Updated: 15/09/19 3:43pm
Legend, inspirational, larger than life - just some of the words used to describe Sir Ian Botham by those all-rounders who tried to follow in his footsteps.
Botham bagged 383 wickets and scored 5,200 runs in 102 Tests but his character and swagger were equally inspirational, epitomised by his heroics at Headingley in the 1981 Ashes.
That series spawned a generation of cricketers who wanted to be just like 'Beefy', including Dominic Cork, so we sent him to track down more former cricketers who tried to step into Botham's shoes and asked them for the memories of Sir Ian.
Click on the video above to watch contributions from Derek Pringle, Chris Lewis, Phillip DeFreitas, Craig White and England's man-of-the-summer Ben Stokes, who produced a Headingley miracle of his own!
Topics discussed in the video include….
- How players handled the transition from seeing Botham as their hero to becoming his team-mate - and even his room-mate!
- The difficulties of dealing with being compared to Beefy on the pitch and being judged by his standards
- Why we are unlikely to see another all-rounder in Botham's mould, and how Stokes compares with bat and ball
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