Act 4: In Which The Full Height of Heroism Is Revealed

Test 906 – England v. Australia, 4th Test, July 30-Aug 2 1981
England won by 29 runs

They came to Leeds with desperate hope,
The left Leeds in elation,
A hero risen, decked in white,
To represent the nation.

In Birmingham he rose again,
With ball instead of bat,
But Botham was the man again,
There’s little doubting that.

He didn’t hit a fifty,
Then nor did anyone,
And wickets in the first innings,
He mustered only one.

Yet greatness shows when needed most,
And England were in trouble,
Then 5 for 1 off 28,
Australia were rubble.

And suddenly this playing ‘Both’,
Was made again Colossus,
Two tests Australia looked to win,
He’d forced them into losses.

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