A. Flintoff

142

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The second Test Match of South Africa’s 2003 tour was memorable for many different records, including Andrew Flintoff’s 142, the highest score by a number seven at the Home of Cricket.

However, the match was at times a chastening experience for England, who were dismissed for only 173 in the first innings as Makhaya Ntini took five wickets on his way to becoming the first South African to take ten wickets at Lord’s.

The Proteas’ response, a mammoth 682 for 6 declared was underpinned by captain Graeme Smith’s 259, which overhauled Don Bradman’s 254 as the highest score by an overseas player at Lord’s as the skipper continued his incredible form, fresh from his 277 at Edgbaston in the opening Test of the series.

England went down fighting though despite a deficit of 509. Flintoff’s counter-attacking knock from only 146 balls included eighteen fours and five sixes, and helped his side to 417 all out.

South Africa won the match by an innings and 92 runs and an exciting five-match series ended 2-2.

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