In a Test Match besieged with England batting entries on the Lord’s Honours Board, Nasser Hussain’s 155 against India in 2002 was the catalyst for his side’s victory at the Home of Cricket.
Hussain had made half-centuries in both innings of the Sri Lanka Test at Lord’s earlier in the summer but his ton in this match ensured a second entry to the Honours Board, to follow his first which came against South Africa four years earlier. It was his highest Test score for five years.
Michael Vaughan departed without a run on the board and England were in relative trouble at 78 for 3 shortly after, but Hussain forged a partnership of 145 for the fourth wicket with John Crawley who made 64.
A stand of 93 between Hussain and Andrew Flintoff for the sixth wicket helped England along to 487 all out, Hussain having eventually departed for 155 with the score on 357. His first 60 runs took 50 overs, but some fine strokes saw him race to his hundred in only another twelve overs.
India were bowled out for 221 in reply and England took complete control as Vaughan and Crawley hit centuries of their own in the second innings total of 301 for 6 declared. Ajit Agarker’s hundred at number eight couldn’t halt England’s victory charge as they won the match by 170 runs.