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Ian Botham hits a boundary on the way to his famous 149 not out at Headingley in the 1981 Ashes

Ian Botham hits a boundary on the way to his famous 149 not out at Headingley in the 1981 Ashes



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Ian Botham hits a boundary on the way to his famous 149 not out at Headingley in the 1981 Ashes

Ian Botham (Eng) batting. England v Australia. 3rd test @ Headingley. 21/07/1981.
Credit: Colorsport / Stewart Fraser

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In this iconic print captured by Colorsport Images, we witness the sheer brilliance of cricket legend Ian Botham during his unforgettable innings at Headingley in the 1981 Ashes. The image freezes a moment in time as Botham powerfully strikes the ball, sending it soaring towards the boundary with unwavering determination. The intensity on Botham's face is palpable, reflecting his relentless pursuit for victory against Australia. This match would go down in history as one of the most remarkable comebacks ever witnessed in cricket. His unbeaten score of 149 not out became a testament to his exceptional skill and resilience. As spectators held their breaths, witnessing this extraordinary display of talent and grit, Stewart Fraser from Colorsport expertly captures every detail - from the focused expression on Botham's face to the graceful arc of his bat connecting with leather. The composition perfectly encapsulates both the raw power and finesse that defined Botham's batting style. This photograph serves as a reminder of an incredible sporting achievement that transcends boundaries and generations. It immortalizes a defining moment when Ian Botham single-handedly turned defeat into triumph through sheer force of will. Thanks to Colorsport Images' dedication to preserving these historic moments, fans can forever relive this awe-inspiring chapter in cricketing history.

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