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Iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground was a happy hunting ground for the Australians, who were unbeaten here from 1934 until Andrew Strauss’s England broke the drought in 2009.

As the sides prepare for their 34th Test at the home of cricket, starting Thursday, we revisit some of its great moments.

1. Dominant Don: Bradman 1930

The Aussie champion who averaged 99.94 at the end of his career called his 254 here his best knock. He wrote of it: “Practically without exception every ball went where it was intended to go, even the one from which I was dismissed, but the latter went slightly up in the air.” Who’s to argue.

2. Captain’s knock: Strauss 2009

Andrew Strauss didn’t play many more important innings than his 161 in England’s first dig. It set up a 115-run win, and gave England a 2-1 series lead, which they kept with a draw at The Oval. It was England’s first Lord’s win since 1934. 

3. Ooh, aah: McGrath 2005

Aussie quick Glenn McGrath loved Lord’s – in 1997 he tore through England’s top order and then the tail to take 8-38, figures only bettered by Ian Botham. Then, in 2005, he passed the huge milestone of 500 wickets by removing Marcus Trescothick. He held the ball aloft before taking 5-21.

4. Almost Ather-ton: Atherton 1993

Mike Atherton’s innings in 1993 was impressive and tragic. Digging in to save an unlikely draw, he lasted 215 balls for 99 runs, one short of his first Lord’s ton. Then partner Mike Gatting sent him back, he slipped and was run out. England’s last four wickets fell for four runs they lost by an innings. 

5. Sweet 16: Massie 1972

Ashton Agar’s innings was impressive, but 25-year-old Bob Massie’s debut with the ball was not far off it. The swing bowler snagged eight wickets in each innings for match figures of 16 for 137, still the best of any Aussie in a Test.


Lord's finest: 10 of the best cricket moments ahead of this week's second Test
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