G. Boycott

121*

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In a match that was unfortunately decimated by poor weather, Geoff Boycott scored his second century at Lord’s in the second Test against Pakistan in 1971, to follow the hundred he scored against the West Indies at the Home of Cricket two years previous.

After England had won the toss, the opening two days were severely curtailed due to rain and at the close of play on the second day, the hosts had reached 133 for 1 in their first innings with Boycott unbeaten on 72 on a slow pitch.

Day three was completely lost to the weather but on the fourth day Boycott reached his century. England made a token declaration on 241 for 2 with the opener unbeaten on 121, his five-hour knock including twelve fours and a six.

Despite bowling out Pakistan for 148, there was still no prospect of forcing victory with such little time left in the match, and the contest was drawn with seventeen hours and seventeen minutes of play lost to the weather.

It was the wettest Test at Lord’s since 1954. England went on to win the three-match series 1-0.

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