Ian botham

Will beefy Botham get bowled out?

Much was made of Ian ‘beefy’ Botham’s ennoblement in 2020. The hero of Headingley was the headline announcement of the 36 new peers created in Boris Johnson’s dissolution honours’ list; a year later he received another bauble as a UK trade ambassador to Australia. The then Trade Secretary Liz Truss claimed he would ‘bat for business down under’, with the cricketer subsequently undertaking a nationwide tour Down Under in June this year. Botham’s Brexit-backing credentials have earned him fans in government but that enthusiasm isn’t shared by all in the Upper House. Given his many sporting and philanthropic commitments, it’s perhaps no surprise that the cricketing icon hasn’t turned out much