Tag Archives: Ian Botham

Act 6: In Which The Sun Always Shines

Test 908: England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 27th-Sep 1st 1981. Match Drawn The sun always shines at the Oval,And The summer in golden repose, The evening still light, and the days are still bright, As expectation grows. The … Continue reading

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Act 5: In Which The Light Shines Brightly.

Test 907: England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 13th-17th 1981 England won by 103 runs Crushed. Shattered. The cracks now splits, Weakness apparent, Division now riven, Australia down. Tormentor in chief Botham Has just one more card to play. And … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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And Breathe

Test 905. England v. Australia at Leeds, 16th-21st July 1981. England won by 18 runs. 500/1 on the Saturday, England were down and were out. They were following on, and the Ashes were gone, To the bookies there was little … Continue reading

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Act 2: In Which England Lose A Captain and Draw A Game

Test 904 – England v. Australia at Lord’s, July 2nd-7th, 1981 Match Drawn “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 … Continue reading

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Act 1: In Which Australia Smell Blood

Test 902 – England v. Australia at Nottingham, June 18th-21st 1981 Australia won by 4 wickets The Ashes is a drama With as many acts as games, It makes heroes out of cricketers, And giants out of names. At Trent … Continue reading

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Willis The Way

Test 880 – 1st Test, England v West Indies at Nottingham, 5th-10th June 1980 West Indies won by 2 wickets. Underwood missing, so relying on pace, England’s new captain had all on his plate, He saved them with batting, Where … Continue reading

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