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Cricketer Botham and his wife was arrested

English cricket star Ian Botham and his wife have been arrested on suspicion of alleged drug offences, police said yesterday.

A police spokesman said the Bothams were arrested at their home at Epsworth near here on New Year’s Eve and have been released on bail until Jan. 25 pending further inquiries.

The British domestic news agency, Press Association, reports a substance was found during a police raid and is being analyzed by forensic scientists. It did not identify the substance.

The agency said it has not yet been decided whether the cricketer and his wife, Kathy, will face charges.

Botham, one of the world’s leading cricket all-rounders and a former England captain, decided to miss his country’s current tour of India because he wanted a rest from the game after years of uninterrupted play.

Last March, Botham filed suit against a Sunday newspaper over an article which alleged he took drugs during England’s tour of New Zealand. Six months later, Botham was cleared by New Zealand police of all allegations.

World champion West Indies suffered its first cricket defeat in 28 Tests, going down by an innings and 55 runs to a rejuvenated Australia yesterday. Skipper Clive Lloyd was playing his last Test after leading the West Indies in more than 100 Test matches.

Cricketer Botham out on bail.Cricketer Botham out on bail.

He was given a standing ovation by the Sydney Cricket Ground crowd after scoring 72 runs in an attempt to stave off defeat on a crumbling wicket.

The West Indies won the series by taking the first three Tests and drawing the fourth.

Australia scored 471 for nine wickets declared in its first innings, the West Indies being forced to follow on after replying with only 163.

The tourists then crashed to be all out for 253 in their second innings 19 minutes after tea yesterday, the fourth day.

Legspinner Bob Holland, who took six first-innings wickets for 54 runs, struck again yesterday by taking four more to finish with match figures of 10 for 239.

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