The cricketer W G Grace. He played in the first Test match in England - against Australia in 1880 at the Oval - and scored the first Test century by an English batsman, He died in 1915 - Britain - 1905

The cricketer W G Grace. He played in the first Test match in England - against Australia in 1880 at the Oval - and scored the first Test century by an English batsman, He died in 1915 - Britain photo 1905

The most iconic image from the 2005 Ashes series. England have just beaten the Aussies in an absolute classic and Freddie Flintoff consoles Brett Lee when most Englishmen would have liked to have danced naked! Shows that the spirit of Cricket is alive

Andrew Flintoff (R) of England consoles a distraught Brett Lee (L) of Australia after the latter's team narrowly lost the second Test match of 2005 Ashes at Edgbaston, England. This is sportsmanship at its best!

Queue of greats: Richard Hadlee, Clive Rice, Kapil Dev, Ian Botham, Malcolm Marshall. Taunton, Somerset, 1984.

Queue of greats: Richard Hadlee, Clive Rice, Kapil Dev, Ian Botham, Malcolm…

Phil Hughes ~ RIP. A great cricketer, tragically died after receiving a knock to the back of the head with a ball.

PHIL Hughes, Australia - Struck by ball whilst batting & died 24 Nov 2014

Beefy: Sir Ian Botham won in 2004 'for services to cricket'. He played 102 Tests for England. During that time he took 383 wickets, which remains an English record, and scored 5,200 runs

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010: Lifetime Achievement Award winners

Beefy: Sir Ian Botham won in 2004 'for services to cricket'. During that time he took 383 wickets, which remains an English record, and scored runs.

Beefy: Sir Ian Botham won in 2004 'for services to cricket'. He played 102 Tests for England. During that time he took 383 wickets, which remains an English record, and scored 5,200 runs

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010: Lifetime Achievement Award winners

Beefy: Sir Ian Botham won in 2004 'for services to cricket'. During that time he took 383 wickets, which remains an English record, and scored runs.

What an iconic moment from the best series of cricket ever played. I remember literally jumping out of my seat when this catch was taken. One of the many occasions that makes you fall in love with sport.

The BBC sends 400 to Glastonbury but ignores the battle for the urn

Catches in cricket is a very important factor and here we have some of the best catches taken in cricket history. They say “Catches win matches” and these

Jacques Kallis dodges a vicious bouncer from Sreesanth circa 2010 via ESPN Cricinfo

Jacques Kallis dodges a vicious bouncer from Sreesanth circa 2010 via ESPN Cricinfo

Ian Botham. Cricket players are good looking.

Sir Ian Botham - pictured here in 1981 smoking a cigar before his match-winning 149 not out during the third Test against Australia at Headingley - said he now only plays cricket

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