Botham throws a Sky high wobbler

SKY'S the limit for Sir Ian Botham, or at least a 100ft climb is.The England cricket legend refused to commentate for Sky Television on England's second one-day international against New Zealand today from the 100-foot high television studio.

SKY'S the limit for Sir Ian Botham, or at least a 100ft climb is.

The England cricket legend refused to commentate for Sky Television on England's second one-day international against New Zealand today from the 100-foot high television studio.

"I don't do heights," Botham, who was knighted in the Queen's birthday honours list last summer. "I'll go in helicopters and planes but they're meant to fly - commentary boxes aren't!'

The commentary position at Sneddon Park was in a Portakabin mounted on top of 100ft high scaffolding. Botham, who faced up to the world's fastest bowlers without a helmet and has walked over the Alps for charity, opted for a commentary position in the pavilion.

Fellow commentator Nasser Hussain confirmed the wind had made the box "a bit wobbly', while Michael Atherton admitted: "I do feel a little queasy.'

England are due to play New Zealand in the opening Test at Seddon Park starting on March 5, but Sky TV's commentary position is expected to be changed by the time they return.