AFTER WINNING THE FIRST TEST OF THE 1997 ASHES, ENGLAND WERE 1-0 UP BEFORE THEIR GAME AT LORD’S. EVEN THOUGH ENGLAND MANAGED TO SAVE THE TEST MATCH THEY WERE FACED WITH SOME QUALITY BOWLING AND BATTING FROM THE AUSTRALIANS. VISITING BATTER MATTHEW ELLIOTT WAS THE LONE CENTURION IN THE ENTIRE TEST.
In this rain affected game, Australian skipper Mark Taylor won the toss and elected to field. Thanks to a masterclass bowling effort from the legendary Glenn McGrath, who bowled 20.3 overs to end his spell with figures of 8-34, England were bowled out for just 77.
What followed was some high-quality batting from Elliott scoring 112 of 180 balls with 20 fours. After losing his opening partner and captain Taylor early in the innings to Darren Gough, Elliot stitched up important partnerships with Greg Blewett and Mark Waugh to help Australia reach 213-7 before declaring.
The game ended in a draw with England saving the game in their second innings with 266-4 on board.