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SEX, drugs and scrap­ping – Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham was just as much of an all-rounder off the pitch as he was on it.

Ar­guably the most colour­ful English crick­eter of all time, Beefy courted con­tro­versy through­out his ca­reer.

This year, the 57-year-old pub­licly apol­o­gised to his wife Kathy over an af­fair with Aus­tralian waitress Kylie Ver­rells ( in the late 90s.

Back in 2001, Kylie, who is 14 years younger than the Eng­land star, claimed they’d once broke a bed dur­ing a steamy, booze-fu­elled shag­ging ses­sion.

It wasn’t the first time he’d hit the head­lines for the wrong rea­sons – in 1986, he was sus­pended af­ter smok­ing cannabis and he was once ar­rested in Aus­tralia for an as­sault on a fel­low air­line pas­sen­ger.

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