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Lord's has come out on top in a poll of All Out Cricket magazine readers. Thousands of 'AOC' readers voted with Lord's coming top in two categories.
The All Out Cricket (AOC) vote is published in September's issue.
The 'Cricket Report 2010' asked cricket fans and AOC readers a range of questions from their favourite player of all time; England's best ever captain and much more.
In the 'Domestic' category one of the key questions was "Which ground is the best?"
Lord's polled 62.7% of the vote - more than 50% more than the ground which finished 2nd in the vote - The Brit Oval.
Lord's is Ashes choice
Readers were also asked to pick which five grounds they would choose to host the five Ashes Tests in 2013.
Again, Lord's came out on top with 91.5% of readers choosing the Home of Cricket amongst their five preferred venues.
With this seasons's Ashes (played in Australia) yet to get underway (the series starts in November) the venues for the 2013 series are yet to be fully confirmed.
Durham's Riverside ground and The Brit Oval have already been confirmed as two of the five venues for 2013.
Lord's will, of course, be bidding to host one of the remaining three Tests.
Ashes winning ball
The last Ashes Test at Lord's, in 2009, was a thrilling match. England won by 115 runs on day five, to complete their first Ashes win over Australia at Lord's for 75 years.
Talismanic all-rounder Andrew Flintoff took five wickets during his Test cricket swansong.
England went on to clinch the precious Ashes urn across the rival at The Oval.
Graeme Swann, who bowled the series-winning ball, and Alastair Cook who took the catch, have since donated the series-winning ball to the MCC Museum.