Andrew Flintoff announced before England’s Test Match with Australia at Lord’s in 2009 that he would retire from the longer form of the game at the end of the Ashes series, and he marked his final appearance at the Home of Cricket with a devastating five-wicket haul.
England had impressed in this match with both and ball before the final innings. Skipper Andrew Strauss his a century in their first innings total of 425 all out, before four wickets from James Anderson helped bowl the Aussies out for 215.
Strauss declared on 311 for 6 leaving Australia an improbable 522 to win in the final two days’ play, but the visitors were well set with Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin at the crease and needing another 209 on the fifth day.
Flintoff had other ideas. He snared Haddin before bowling both Nathan Hauritz and Peter Siddle to claim figures of 5 for 92, as England won by 115 runs before lunch. It was their first Ashes Test Match win at Lord’s since 1934, and Flintoff ensured his name would grace both the batting and bowling Honours Boards before he retired from the game.