David Gower and Sir Ian Botham sign off after covering final Ashes Test on Sky Sports together by clinking wine glasses as Piers Morgan hails them as 'two absolute legends of the game'

Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Author 2019-09-15 23:07:00

David Gower and Sir Ian Botham signed off with champagne after covering England's fifth Ashes Test victory over Australia.

The cricket legends, who enjoyed Ashes success in the 1980s, clinked glasses at The Oval after Joe Root took a wonderful catch to draw the series.

Gower, 62, and Botham, 63, are leaving the Sky Sports team after 25 years of service.


Sir Ian Botham (left) and David Gower celebrate with champagne in the commentary box

Beefy toasted the end of an era by telling Gower: 'You're off to the city, I'm off to the river. It's been great fun. Cheers.'

The broadcasters were applauded by their colleagues while Botham declared: 'Anyway, I'm off'.

Gower added: 'Well there you have it. A man for low emotion Sir Ian Botham has decided that the allure of a glass of his own chardonnay was far too strong. What a year it's been. Dare I say it, what a 20 years it's been as well.'


'You're off to the city, I'm off to the river': Botham jokes with colleague Gower

Sky celebrated Gower and Botham's contributions with a montage of their finest moments; driving speedboats, playing polo and producing comedy gold in the commentary box.

Their voices became synonymous with the sport and the latest unforgettable summer of action.

Gower signed off the broadcast by announcing: 'He'll be selling wine, I'll be outside the Garret with The Big Issue by the end of the night. That's goodnight.'

Piers Morgan also paid tribute to the pair, tweeting: 'Amid the joy of a great summer of England cricket, a moment of real sadness. The final seconds of commentary from two absolute legends of the game. Thanks @BeefyBotham @David215Gower⁦ - you guys have been fantastic.'


England captain David Gower lifts the Ashes urn in 1981 in front of team-mate Ian Botham


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