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In the lead up to the 34th Test match between England and Australia at Lord's, Lords.org is assembling an 'All time Lord's Ashes XI' based on the best performances in Tests between the two teams at the Home of Cricket.
1. Andrew Strauss (captain) - 161 v. Australia in 2009
Opening the batting and captaining the side is Andrew Strauss.
His superb 161 in England's first innings during the '09 Test helped set up a 115 run victory which gave England a 2-1 lead going into the final Test at the Oval. It made Strauss the first England captain to beat Australia at Lord's since 1934 as the side went on to win the series 2-1. It was the first of two times that Strauss would win the Ashes as skipper, something he achieved both home and away.
Strauss' Ashes record
Matches: 20 Runs: 1,421 Highest: 161 Average: 39.47 100s: 4 Catches: 21
2. John Edrich - 175 v. Australia in 1975
Our second opening batsman is John Edrich.
Part of the Edrich cricketing dynasty, John Edrich scored one of the most stoic centuries in an Ashes series here in '75 during a drawn Test match. His second innings' 175 remains the second highest knock by an Englishman against Australia at Lord's - Wally Hammond scored 240 in 1938 - and lasted a staggering nine hours.
Edrich's Ashes record
Matches: 32 Runs: 2,644 Highest: 175 Average: 48.96 100s: 7 Catches: 16
3. Sir Donald Bradman - 254 v. England in 1930
Batting at number three is Sir Donald Bradman.
Widely considered the greatest cricketer of all time, the 'Don' produced one of his finest innings at this ground back in 1930. His 254 remains the highest score by any batsman in an Ashes Test at Lord's and was part of Australia's mammoth 729 first innings total which helped set up a 7 wicket victory for the tourists.
Bradman's Ashes record
Matches: 37 Runs: 5028 Highest: 334 Average: 89.78 100s: 19 Catches: 20
4. Allan Border - 196 v. England in 1985
Batting at number four is Allan Border.
Described by Wisden as 'Border's match', his first innings' 196 helped set up a 4 wicket victory for the tourists in the '85 Test. It was a rare highlight of the tour for Border as his side succumbed to a 3-1 series defeat, but his century at Lord's made sure Australia kept their unbeaten record at the Home of Cricket since 1934 intact.
Border's Ashes record
Matches: 47 Runs: 3548 Highest: 200* Average: 56.31 100s: 8 Catches: 57
5. Wally Hammond - 240 v. Australia in 1938
At number five is Wally Hammond.
Hammond's 240 during the 1938 Test at Lord's remains the only double century at the Ground by an Englishman in an Ashes series. His double ton, as captain, helped set up a formidable first innings score of 494 in a game that was drawn but remembered by Wisden as 'a match of many fluctuations and fine personal achievements.' Australia's Bill Brown struck 206 not out as he carried his bat for the tourists in their first innings.
Hammond's Ashes record
Matches: 33 Runs: 2,852 Highest: 251 Average: 51.85 100s: 9 Catches: 43
Wickets: 36 Best: 5/57 Average: 44.77 5w: 1
6. Les Ames - 120 v. Australia in 1934
Keeping wicket and batting at number six is Les Ames.
His 120 in the 1934 Test at Lord's is the only century to be scored by a wicket-keeper for England during an Ashes series at the Ground. It helped give Bob Wyatt's side an innings and 38 run victory, which was to be England's only win here until Andrew Strauss' side managed it in 2009.
Ames' Ashes record
Matches: 17 Runs: 675 Highest: 120 Average: 27.00 100s: 1 Catches: 33 Stumpings: 4
7. Andrew Flintoff - 5/92 v. Australia in 2009
In at number seven is the first of two allrounders, Andrew Flintoff.
Flintoff's 5/92 at Lord's in 2009 came after announcing his retirement on the eve of the Test. Bowling on a bad knee he came in on the final day from the Pavilion End to deliver 10 overs on the trot and finish with a five-wicket haul as England wrapped up their first victory at the Home of Cricket in an Ashes series since 1934. It was a fitting moment as 'Freddie', who had been England's talisman in Ashes series of late, sunk down on one knee to soak up the crowd's appreciation at the Ground for one last time.
Flintoff's Ashes record
Matches: 15 Runs: 906 Highest: 102 Average: 33.55 100s: 1 Catches: 4
Wickets: 50 Best: 5/78 Average: 33.20 5w: 2
8. Keith Miller - 10/152 v. England in 1956
The second allrounder and batting at number eight is Keith Miller.
Widely appreciated as Australia's finest ever allrounder, Miller's 10 wickets in the 1956 Test at Lord's helped set up a 185 run victory for Ian Johnson's Australian side. Taking 5/72 and 5/80 in the two innings respectively, Miller remains one of only 11 tourists to take 10 wickets in a match at the Home of Cricket.
Miller's Ashes record
Matches: 29 Runs: 1,511 Highest: 145* Average: 33.57 100s: 3 Catches: 20
Wickets: 87 Best: 7/60 Average: 22.40 5w: 3
9. Hedley Verity - 15/104 v. Australia in 1934
At number nine is England spinner Hedley Verity.
Verity's match figures of 15/104 in the 1934 Test at Lord's remain the best by any England bowler at the Ground. Taking 14 wickets in one day, including Don Bradman twice, the slow left armer produced figures of 7/31 and 8/43 in the two innings respectively. It helped secure England an innings and 38 run victory as Verity surpassed the record for best figures by an England bowler against Australia, bettering fellow Yorkshireman Wilfred Rhodes' effort of 15/124 at Melbourne in 1904. Verity's record stood until 1956 before Jim Laker famously took 19/90 at Old Trafford.
Verity's Ashes record
Matches: 18 Wickets: 59 Best: 8/43 Average: 28.06 5w: 3
10. Glenn McGrath - 8/38 v. England in 1997.
At number ten and opening the bowling is Glenn McGrath.
McGrath's 8/38 in the 1997 Test at Lord's was one of the finest displays of fast bowling ever witnessed at the Ground. It remains the best figures by any tourist at Lord's in a single innings and came at a time when Australia were dominant in world cricket.
McGrath's Ashes record
Matches: 30 Wickets: 157 Best: 8/38 Average: 20.92 5w: 10 Catches: 10
11. Bob Massie- 16/137 v. Enlgand in 1972.
At number eleven and the second opening bowler is Bob Massie.
Massie's 16/137 in the 1972 Test remains the best match figures in a Test match at Lord's by any player. Maybe even more impressive is that it was Massie's Test debut in a career that saw him play only six Tests for Australia. The swing bowler, taking eight wickets in each innings, helped Ian Chappell's team record a resounding eight wicket victory at the Home of Cricket.
Massie's Ashes record
Matches: 4 Wickets: 23 Best: 16/137 Average: 17.78 5w: 2