KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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England threw off the shackles of 74 years of history to finally record and Ashes Series Test victory at Lord's, as Andrew Flintoff inspired them to victory in 2009.
It was a landmark occasion, with stellar performances from Andrew Strauss and 'Freddie' Flintoff on his final performance at the Home of Cricket, a visit from the Queen and a passionate crowd for five days of epic Ashes cricket.
The hosts had the weight of history against them, but an ounce of momentum was with Strauss' side after an extraordinary recovery to seal a draw in Cardiff - Monty Panesar and James Anderson famously blocking out on the final afternoon.
Four days later, at the other end of the M4, the teams reconveined at the Home of Cricket and Strauss took his chance to consign Australia's bowlers to another lengthy session in the field after winning the toss.
The skipper, alongside Alastair Cook, made hay on a good Lord's batting track as the Australia attack faltered, feeding both left-handers with some friendly short-pitched bowling.
Together, Cook and Strauss put on the highest ever opening stand between England openers ever at Lord's, before Mitchell Johnson finally broke the deadlock by dismissing Cook just five short of what would have been his first Ashes century.
Strauss - just six months into the job he had inherited in the fallout of the Peter Moyes and Kevin Pietersen affair - was playing some of the best cricket of his life, and went on to make a stunning 161.
England though largely failed to capiltalise on their record-breaking start, with Kevin Pietersen's 32 the next highest score as Australia recovered to bowl them out for 425.
But that looked largely imaterial as England's four-pronged seam attack of James Anderson, Flintoff, Graeme Onions and Stuart Broad combined to bowl the Australia out for just 215.
Strauss though elected not to enforce the follow-on, and watched as his side knocked up a quick 311/6 dec., including a 42-ball 61 from Matt Prior.
Cometh the hour...
Four years on from the summer where he etched his name into English cricketing folklore, this was to be Flintoff's final performance of real note in an England shirt.
His body creaking from years spent hammering his