The two greats – David Gower and Ian Botham – covered the game for the broadcaster over a couple of decades, covering the highs and lows of English cricket. @Screengrab

David Gower and Ian Botham on Sunday bid adieu to Sky Sports commentary box after the conclusion of the fifth and final Ashes Test at the Oval in London.

The two greats covered the game for the broadcaster over a couple of decades, covering the highs and lows of English cricket, including the recent World Cup triumph when the Eoin Morgan-led England won their maiden silverware in the fifty-overs cricket.

“It’s been extraordinary. What a year it’s been, what a twenty years – dare I say it – it’s been as well,” said Gower to Sky Sports.

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“I’ve had a brilliant time with Sky. I’m sorry to be going. I didn’t have the right mentality for coaching and I like talking, I like language. The broadcasting felt right. And I think there’s a lot left in the tank. I want to stay in broadcasting because I think I’m quite good at it and I love it,” added Gower.

Botham termed his 25 years with the Sky Sports “a great ride” and thanked the broadcasters for keeping him “close to the game” he loves.

“It has been a great ride for 25 years,” Botham told The Mirror. “And I feel like I did it at the best time as the company and our coverage was growing into what it has become.

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“When I joined, the men in charge, John Gayleard and Vic Wakeling, said they wanted to bring the game into people’s living rooms. It has been great fun and I can’t thank Sky enough for keeping me close to the game I love,” added Botham.

“I’ve commentated on so many great ­moments. All good things come to an end and I can watch the game as a fan now,” concluded Botham.