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5 players who scored a century and took a 5-wicket haul in a Test more than once

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Modified 26 Jul 2016, 10:02 IST
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1) Ian Botham (5 times)

Ian Botham during the third Ashes Test in 1981 

Ian Botham was probably the best all-rounder England has ever produced and one of the greatest ever along with Gary Sobers and Jaques Kallis. With a healthy average of 33.54, he scored 14 centuries for England along with 383 wickets in 102 Tests.

The right-handed batsman has guided the Three Lions to achieve many memorable victories over the years and was the fastest to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in Test matches as well as fastest to 2,000 runs and 200 wickets and to 3,000 runs and 300 wickets. There are as many as five occasions where Ian Botham has scored a century and taken a 5-wicket haul. While he achieved the record twice against New-Zealand back in 1978 and 1984 respectively. The rest of them came against Pakistan, India, and Australia.

The most memorable is the one against Australia during “Botham’s Ashes” in 1981. In the third Ashes Test, Botham took 6 wickets for 95 runs during Australia’s first innings, and also scored an unbeaten 149 to set the visitors a target of138. England eventually won the Test by 18 runs to level the series at 1-1 and Botham was declared the man of the match.  

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