Botham: Brearley was an amazing captain to play under

In 1981 Ian Botham was sacked as captain he sings the praises of the person who took over from him. Mike Brearley's extraordinary galvanising of Botham is regarded as one of the greatest feats of sporting psychology of all time.

Botham recovered a poor captaincy record and lack of form to take a first innings 6 for 95 and score 50.

Botham struck a famous 149 not out in the third Test at Headingley and bowl a spell of 5 wickets for 1 run in the fourth Test at Edgbaston score 118 from 102 balls in the fifth Test at Old Trafford.

He finished with a 10wicket match haul (6 for 125 and 4 for 128) in the sixth Test at the Oval, a series now known Botham's Ashes.


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