Michael Vaughan appears six times on the Honours Boards but he first entered Lord’s folklore in 2002, hitting 115 against Sri Lanka.
It was only the second of what became a total of eighteen Test centuries, his first ton coming a year previous against Pakistan at Old Trafford.
Perennial century makers Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardena had both made three figures as Sri Lanka piled up 555 for 8 declared after winning the toss. England’s disappointing response of 275 all out, Vaughan top-scoring with 64, put the tourists in the driving seat as England followed-on.
However, England rallied in the second innings, inspired by centuries from both Vaughan and Mark Butcher. Vaughan put on 168 for the first wicket with Marcus Trescothick before building a stand of 45 with Butcher. Vaughan’s fluent 115 came from 219 balls, took four and a half hours and included seventeen fours as England turned the screw on their visitors.
Declaring on 529 for 5, Sri Lanka were set a notional target of 250 and the match ended in a draw as they reached 42 for 1.
The Lord’s Test was as good as it got for the Sri Lankans in the series though, as they lost heavily at Edgbaston and Old Trafford to lose the three-match tussle 2-0.