Ian Botham laughs as Twitter account hacked

17:57, Aug 19 2014
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SIR IAN BOTHAM: Pictured relaxing during an interview in 2013.

Former English cricketer Sir Ian Botham has seen the funny side of a tweet gone viral, thanking the person who tweeted an explicit picture of a penis from his verified @BeefyBotham account.

The 58-year-old former all-rounder deleted the offending tweet, which he claimed was not his handiwork, but noticed a sharp increase in followers.

I would like to thank the hacker....I've just got 500 hits in 20mins !!

The picture - which was accompanied by the words "What are you thinking...xx" - was retweeted more than a thousand times before it was deleted and Ian Botham began trending on the social media site.

I see Ian Botham trending. Worried he's had a heart attack or something. Even worse, I see a picture of his middle stump.

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Massive fair play to @BeefyBotham for RTing that - showing a lot of balls about it all... So to speak.

With all the jokes flying around, Botham played ball, retweeting some of the highlights.

@BeefyBotham your length was always much better than that anyway! Lol

He also confirmed he had changed his password.

Canberra Times