A.J. Lamb

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Allan Lamb’s 139 against India at Lord’s in 1990 might have been overshadowed as it occurred in the same innings as Graham Gooch’s unbeaten 333, but the batsman’s twelfth Test century was still a sight to behold at the Home of Cricket.

Lamb and his captain Gooch put on 308 for the third wicket, a stand still ranks as one of England’s highest partnerships of all time, and the second-highest at Lord’s, behind the 370 that Denis Compton and Bill Edrich scored against South Africa in 1947.

At the time, it was also Lamb’s highest Test score, although he went on to better it by three runs against New Zealand in Wellington in 1992.

England famously won this match by 247 runs, declaring on 653 for 4. Ravi Shastri and Mohammad Azharuddin both scored centuries for India but their 454 all out was still dwarfed by England’s first innings total, and another declaration in the second innings ensured England could bowl out their visitors on the final day.

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