Cricket, more than most sports, values statistics and history in almost equal measure, particularly in Test cricket.
Which goes some way to explaining the fascination with the Lord's Honours Boards, with their combination of cricketing heritage and elite performance combined.
The lists of men from every Test nation who have been etched onto the home and away dressing room are as notable for the absentees as those who have excelled at Lord's.
For every Ian Botham entry (eight bowling, one batting) there are as many legendary names absent; Tendulkar, Lara, Warne...
Botham is the only Englishman to make it on the batting and bowling lists in the same match (v Pakistan, 1978) and now one of a growing group of eight to appear on a batting and bowling board.
Stuart Broad surprised some when he made a stunning 169 against Pakistan in the ill-fated 2010 Test at Lord's to put himself up on the batting Honours Board - a feat his batsman father Chris never managed.
It was perhaps an apt summary of Broad's career at the time.
Despite a famous five-for to win the Ashes against Australia at the Oval in 2009 he was yet to reach the levels of consistency people felt he could when he burst on the scene as 'England's Glenn McGrath' in 2007. His batting was perhaps developing faster than his bowling.
But the last 12 months has been Broad's best yet as an England cricketer, transforming himself from a man almost left out of the side at Lord's against Sri Lanka last summer to a world-class bowling all-rounder, ranked in the top ten bowlers in the world.
At 25 Broad, injury aside, has his best years ahead of him. He might yet give Botham a run for his money.
Sir Ian Botham
Sir 'Gubby' Allen
Sir Garfield Sobers †
West Indies/Rest of the World
† Sobers is only on the bowling list for the MCC v Rest of the World unofficial Test in 1970.