Off The Mark - How it began for...Sir Ian Botham - Cricket World TV

Sir Ian Botham recalls how his cricketing career began with his parents making sacrifices to get him to games all around Somerset, and eventually his "fun trip" would see him travel all over the world.

Botham began his county career with Somerset, also playing for Durham, Queensland and Worcestershire.

He played 102 Tests and until James Anderson overtook him earlier this year, was England's leading wicket-taker in Test cricket.

"At club level, I was involved with cricket from a pretty early age," Botham began when we asked him about how he started in the agme.

"Somerset registered me at 14, so I'd been in those circles for a long time."

Botham played for Somerset between 1974 and 1986, making his England debut in 1976, going on to forge a career as his country's leading all-rounder and one of the best the world has ever seen.

He scored 5,200 Test runs and took 383 wickets as well as 2,113 One-Day International runs and 145 wickets, helping England reach the final of the 1992 World Cup.

Well before that, though, he says he owes a lot to his parents for the efforts they made in his early career.

"But it all starts at school, and it all starts with your parents making sacrifices to get you to games around the county, then it around the Southwest of England, and then it was eventually all over the world.

"It's been a fun trip," he added.

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