Cricket: The Summer of '81: The Headingley Test was Ian Botham's finest hour, but where are the protagonists now? Glenn Moore tracked them down

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THE PLOT

ENGLAND, one-down in the series, appear set to go two behind in the third Test when 135 for 7 following-on, still 92 runs behind. Botham and Graham Dilley lead a batting revival and Australia, set 130, are bowled out for 111 by Bob Willis. England go on to win the series 3-1 to retain the Ashes.

THE CAST

ENGLAND

GRAHAM GOOCH

Not one of his better Tests - made 2 and 0. Now 40 and batting better than ever for Essex and England.

GEOFF BOYCOTT

Played a minor role in his home ground's most momentous match, scoring 12 and 46. Now a television commentator and tabloid columnist who describes the game with far greater verve than he played it. Lost his once bitterly contested place on the Yorkshire committee in the winter.

MIKE BREARLEY

Recalled as captain after Botham's resignation following the drawn second Test at Lord's. Now combines journalism with private practice in psychoanalysis.

DAVID GOWER

Made 24 and 9. Still playing, now for Hampshire, but not, it would appear, for England again.

MIKE GATTING

Performed the penultimate act with a wonderful forward diving catch which he would be unlikely to reach today. Still playing for Middlesex, but not for England.

PETER WILLEY

Now an umpire, one who does not suffer too much dissent.

IAN BOTHAM

Made 50 and 149 not out and took 7 for 109. Likely to develop television career when not walking for charity or casting for salmon.

BOB TAYLOR

Works for the cricket-ball makers Dukes, and Cornhill Insurance at Test matches, liaising with players and clients.

GRAHAM DILLEY

The catalyst for Botham's revival with a rapid 56. Retired and involved with his wife's cattery.

CHRIS OLD

Does some coaching at Yorkshire's cricket academy and appears on England tours as a 'star' courier for supporters.

BOB WILLIS

Bowled as well as Botham batted, taking 8 for 43. Now a television commentator and sports 'fixer', arranging after-dinner speakers, promotions and acting as a players' agent.

AUSTRALIA

JOHN DYSON

First-innings centurion and top-scored with 34 in the second. Now a teacher at the suburban Sydney school once attended by Mark and Steve Waugh.

GRAEME WOOD

Salesman for Foster's lager. Presumably prevents publicans running out.

TREVOR CHAPPELL

Headingley (27 and 8) was his last Test, although he later achieved notoriety with his underarm bowling. Working for the Australian businessman Ray Gallien, father of Lancashire and Oxford University player Jason.

KIM HUGHES

Remained captain for three years before resigning and later leading a rebel tour to South Africa. Lived there for several years before returning to Perth, where he is involved in network-selling household items.

GRAHAM YALLOP

Runs a sports centre in Melbourne.

ALLAN BORDER

Still exorcising Headingley nightmares - and doing so all too well. Future career probably with Castlemaine rather than in the media.

ROD MARSH

Head coach at the Australian Cricket Academy.

RAY BRIGHT

At present in England - has an English wife - usually living in Melbourne.

GEOFF LAWSON

Television commentator and print journalist based in Sydney.

DENNIS LILLEE

Travelling freelance fast-bowling consultant and guru, mainly in Australia and India. Lives near Perth.

TERRY ALDERMAN

Sacked as Western Australia coach earlier this year but may continue to play for them. Considering careers in property and television commentary.

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