Botham has a new role to play with Somerset

Ian Botham (Pic. right, N. Sridharan) has accepted a new role with Somerset, the club he spent 15 years with as a player and left amid acrimony in 1985. The former England all-rounder and current television commentator was back at Taunton after being appointed advisor to new Somerset chairman Giles Clarke.

"I still have a great feeling for the club, the ground and the supporters so I'm delighted to be doing my bit to try and put Somerset back at the top level of English cricket," said Botham.

"I watch more cricket in a year than most do in a lifetime and I'll be keeping my eyes and ears open on the club's behalf, hopefully finding a player or two to recommend who might strengthen the team.

"Any other advice I can give Giles and the club I will be glad to offer. It would mean a lot to me to see Somerset successful again after relegation in two competitions last year."