John Crawley made his Test debut at Lord’s in 1994, but it was eight years later, in his final home series as an England Test player, that he got his name on the famous Honours Board with an unbeaten century against India in 2002.
The Home of Cricket had not been a happy hunting ground for Crawley in Test Matches, with him failing to make a half-century in six previous innings, but the match against India laid the ghost to rest.
He scored 64 in the first innings as England piled up 487 all out before bowling India out for 221.
It was in the second innings that Crawley really starred, as he and Michael Vaughan unleashed some masterful strokes to put on 137 in just short of 30 overs as England took complete control of the match.
Crawley’s unbeaten 100 came from 132 deliveries and included eight fours and helped England declare on 301 for 6. India were bowled out for 397 in their second innings as England sealed victory by 170 runs.