Former Ashes winning captain Mike Brearley signalled the start of day two of the Investec Test between England and Australia with the five-minute bell.
“There is something celebratory about it, I enjoyed it,” Brearley, who is the chairman of the MCC World Cricket committee, told Lords.org after he rang the bell.
Brearley is regarded as one of England's finest ever captains.
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During the 1981 Ashes in England, he took over the captaincy mid-way through the series and went on to lead England to a famous 3-1 series win.
The 71-year-old told Lords.org that captaining in an Ashes series is a mixed blessing.
“It’s difficult to keep yourself relaxed enough and give yourself space to get on with what you have to do."
But he added: "It’s also very exciting to be at the centre of this event that people are so enthusiastic about.”