Ian Botham is said to have described Derby’s County Ground as “the bane of any cricketer’s life”. I can only hope the adulterous, reactionary, self-important fool was rarely on England duty when his county sides played Derbyshire here.
This is not to question his absolute match-winning genius on the pitch. As he himself said (in response to a TV colleague gently pointing out his mis-pronunication of ‘marscapone’): “oh yeah? How many test wickets did you take?”.