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Sir Ian Botham & Bob Willis


In the latest edition of Fever-Tree introduces Perfect-Pairings, the focus is on legendary England duo Sir Ian Botham and Bob Willis.

Regarded as one of England’s finest bowling partnerships, the pair contributed a total of 476 wickets in 60 matches in which both players featured, including a combined effort of 20 five-wicket hauls.

As a pair, they are probably most fondly remembered for their inspirational performances in the 1981 Ashes Test at Headingley.

Australia were 401/9 declared and a poor England batting performance saw them 174 all out before being down for seven wickets for 134 in the second innings.

Botham lead the fightback for England, smashing a remarkable 149 not out - but Australia needed just 129 runs to win.

With Australia poised to go two-up in the series, Willis charged in and took 8 for 43 with Botham taking 1 for 14 as England completed a famous 18-run win, on their way to Ashes glory.

At the end of his career, Botham had taken 383 Test wickets for England, a total that remains the second highest in his country’s history, as well as scoring 5,200 runs.

Willis meanwhile, took a total of 325 Test wickets for his country at an average of 25.20, a record that leaves him as England’s fourth all-time leading wicket-taker.


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