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1981 Ian Botham Cigar Headingley

Any cricket fan over the age of 45 (ish) will remember the historic Ashes Series of 1981 that has become known as Botham’s Ashes for his phenomenal performances with bat and ball. All seemed lost when Ian Botham came to the crease in England’s 2nd innings with England, already 1-0 down in the series and following on with only 3 wickets left, still needed 92 runs just to make Australia bat again. Ian Botham made a swashbuckling 149 to establish a lead of 130. Bob Willis’s 8 wickets bowled England to victory but none of that would have been possible without Botham’s legendary innings. England went onto win the series 3-1 riding on a wave of new found confidence with Ian Botham at the helm. This iconic image of Ian Botham looking out of the dressing the dressing room window at Headingley with a cigar in hand remains hugely popular and perfectly captures the “up and at ‘em” nature of this English sporting hero.

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20th July 1981: Ian Botham of England smokes a cigar in the changing room after his match-winning 149 not out during the third Test Match against Australia at Headingley in Leeds. England won the match by 18 runs. \ Mandatory Credit: Adrian Murrell/Allsport UK Code: SPGASCT053

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