England just didnt have depth to be playing without Botham on a regular basis..thats why he was there..and he was without a doubt in the top 11 players in the country eligible to play for EnglandOriginally Posted by Richard
As I said earlier, I guess you just had to be there....if you were watching the game at that time, you would be able to put his play into a better context.
For example...vs WI in 84, Botham didnt hit a hundred, but generally it was only he and Lamb could fairly cocnsistantly face the WI's quicks with any confidence.
In 85 vs Australia his batting was very handy indeed when it was needed, vs Pakistan in 87, even though the scores were particularly high, his worth to the team was huge.
Yeah he failed vs WI's in 85, but he battled as well as anyone in that team, when survival was the key as it waas nigh on impossible to score vs that WI's bowling attack on those pitches.