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.

6. Kim’s centenary: Hughes 1980

Probably Australia’s least-popular captain, Hughes was majestic on his day, and rarely better than the Centenary Test. He batted on each day of the rain-addled match for 117 and 84 to win man of the match and rare plaudits.

7. All hail Freddie: Flintoff 2009

Injured all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was warrior-like. Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke got Australia within 220 of an unlikely win on day five, chasing 522. Flintoff told skipper Strauss he’d bowl “until all the wickets are gone”. He got five-for and milked it for all he could.

8. Toilet break: Steele 1975

David Steele was an unglamorous pick, but he faced down Lillee and Thommo so well he won BBC Sports Personality of the Year. His Lord’s debut will be remembered though for him going down one too many flights of stairs and ending up in the toilets instead of on the field. 

9. Grumpy’s grin: Border 1985

Wisden calls this “Border’s match”. At this stage he was carrying the Australians and he scored 196 to set up a four-wicket win. They lost the series 3-1 though.

10. First helmet kiss: Slater Michael

Slater’s trademark jump for joy and helmet kiss started with his maiden Test century at Lord’s, aged 23


Lord’s by numbers

1814 The year Lord’s Cricket Ground was founded

1884 Year of the first Test at Lords – England beat Australia by an innings and five runs 

729 Highest total by Australia against England in June 1930

69 Most wickets by any bowler at Lord’s by England all-rounder Ian Botham

2015 Most runs by a batsman at Lord’s by Graham Gooch



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