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Honours Board Legend: Harmison

Steve Harmison celebrates a wicket
Steve Harmison celebrates a wicket

On a fervent opening day of the 2005 Ashes, England's new-found belief that they could go toe-to-toe with Australia was led by five wickets for Steve Harmison.

It was as memorable a morning as Lord's has seen, with Harmison leading England's charge to reduce the undisputed finest team in the world to 95/5 by Lunch.

Eighteen months after being christened 'grievous bodily Harmison' following his demolition of the West Indies to take 7/12 in Jamaica, this was the Northumberland quick at his brutal best.

In addition to picking up the key wicket of Ricky Ponting, the Durham paceman famously drew blood from the Australia skipper after crashing a bouncer into his grille, as well as striking Justin Langer on the elbow.

Harmison to Ponting

England continued where they left off after lunch and Harmison helped himself to his first and only five-wicket haul at Lord's, in a career which ended with 226 Test wickets.

That morning set the scene for the summer, as England won their first Ashes series since 1986/87 in one of the best series ever played.

The rest of the opening Test match though gave the impression of a false dawn, as Australia recovered from 190 all out to romp to a crushing 239-run victory - with Glenn McGrath taking nine wickets in the match.

But, reflecting on his performance at a Chance to Shine event on the morning of the 2013/14 Ashes series, Harmison said that the performance of England's bowlers on that first day instilled the belief which led to England regaining the Urn.

"It reenforced what we knew of this England team; that we can bowl Australia out," he told Lord's TV.

"We knew if we could do that then we could win the series.

"That series is probably the greatest series that's been played in the game. It was a privilege to play in that series."

Watch the full Lord's TV interview

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