Test 904 – England v. Australia at Lord’s, July 2nd-7th, 1981
“Botham must go,” howled the red top press,
And go he did, for a duck.
‘Botham must go’ went the mood of the crowd,
Down on form and down on his luck.
Out went his middle stump, not a run yet,
As England crept up to their score,
Three hundred eleven (Graham Dilley got seven
and Willey a good deal more).
With the ball, then, could Botham yet impact the test,
He did but Australia led,
With no huge contributions, they had many a nuisance,
Lillee’s 40 just nudged them ahead.
In the second dig Boycott and Gower scored runs,
As England declared it looked right,
But still not their captain, as Superman Botham,
Was bowled out first ball by Ray Bright.
Australia wobbled and lost early wickets,
And at one point were seventeen for three,
Then they called on their plentiful grit and resolve,
And held on with ease after tea.