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Players on both batting and bowling honours boards at Lord’s


Lord's_batting_bowling_honours_board_Cricket_Ground_EnglandBrought into the eleven to replace the unavailable Ben Stokes for the recently-concluded Lord’s Test against India, Chris Woakes made the most of the opportunity with an unbeaten 137 that played a key role in England’s thumping win by an innings and 159 runs. With this knock, Woakes achieved the rare distinction of gaining a spot on both batting and bowling lists of the famed Lord’s honours boards. Here is a look at the ten players who have completed the double.

Note: There are three honours boards at Lord’s; for centuries, five-wicket innings hauls and ten-wicket match hauls respectively. This list features players who have scored a century and taken at least a five-wicket innings haul in Tests played at the ground. The year in brackets is the year when the player completed the double.

Gubby Allen (1936)

England were 190/7 in reply to New Zealand’s 224 in the first Test in 1931, before fast-bowling all-rounder Allen came in and turned the tables on the visitors with a stroke-filled 122. He put on 246 for the eighth wicket with Les Ames (137) to carry England’s total to 454. New Zealand themselves amassed 469/9 in the second innings, thus leading to a draw. In 1936, Allen destroyed India in the first Test with 10/78 (5/35 and 5/43) to star in England’s nine-wicket win.

Vinoo Mankad (1952)

The second Test of India’s 1952 tour to England saw Vinoo Mankad create history by becoming the first player (and till date, one of only two) to record a century as well as a five-wicket haul in the same Test at Lord’s. Following his 72 out of India’s 235, Mankad took 5/196 with his left-arm spin even as England ran up 537. Then, opening the innings in the face of a huge deficit, he struck 184 out of 378, which was not enough to prevent India from going down by eight wickets.

Keith Miller (1956)

The flamboyant Keith Miller got his first honours board mention during the 1953 Ashes, when he made 109 in Australia’s second innings of the drawn second Test. But his more significant performance came in the second Test of the next Ashes tour, in 1956, when the hosts caved in to his pace and swing. He began by taking 5/72 to help Australia take a first-innings lead of 114, and then, with England chasing 372, repeated the dose with 5/80 to seal his team’s 185-run win.

Ray Illingworth (1969)

The off-spin of Ray Illingworth hastened India’s slide towards defeat by an innings and 124 runs in the second Test in 1967. Trailing by 234, India were 60/1 in their second innings when Illingworth, who eventually collected 6/29, bowled Ajit Wadekar to trigger a collapse to 110 all out. By 1969, he was captain of England, and he frustrated the West Indies with a gritty 113 from number eight in the first innings of the second Test, which ended in a closely-fought draw.

Garfield Sobers (1970)

The great Garfield Sobers registered two Test hundreds at Lords. As captain in 1966, he shared in a sixth-wicket stand of 274* with his cousin David Holford (105*) en route to scoring 163* to help the West Indies save the Test, while in 1973, he hit 150* in an innings win. In between, in 1970, he led the Rest of the World (in what was then a Test, but the status was later revoked) from the front with a stellar all-round show of 6/21 and 183 that gave England an innings defeat.

Ian Botham (1978)

The most frequently-occurring name on the honours boards is that of Ian Botham, who took a record eight five-wicket hauls in 15 Tests at Lord’s. The first of these came in the third Test against New Zealand in 1978, when he took 6/101 in the first innings. For good measure, he added 5/39 in the second innings, as New Zealand, who were holding a first-innings lead of 50, were bundled out for 67. England strolled to a seven-wicket win that completed a 3-0 whitewash.

Later in the season, Botham belted 108 from just 110 balls against Pakistan in the second Test. Not content with his batting exploits, he scythed through the Pakistani batting in the second innings. Following on 259 runs in arrears, Pakistan crumbled from 100/2 to 139 all out thanks to Botham’s incredible haul of 8/34, which resulted in the pace-bowling all-rounder becoming the second man after Mankad to score a century and take a five-wicket haul in the same Lord’s Test.

Andrew Flintoff (2009)

After South Africa piled up 682/6 (captain Graeme Smith scoring 259) to take a humungous first-innings lead of 509 in the second Test in 2003, Flintoff, batting at number seven, scored 142 in just 146 balls to limit England’s margin of defeat to an innings and 92 runs. Six years later, in the second match of his final Test series, he returned figures of 5/92 in the second innings to help bowl Australia, who were chasing an improbable 522, out for 406 and give England a 1-0 lead.

Stuart Broad (2012)

England were 102/7 in the fourth and final Test against Pakistan in 2010, before Jonathan Trott (184) and Stuart Broad, who went on to score a career-best 169, added a record 332 for the seventh wicket to pave the way for a crushing win by an innings and 225 runs. In 2012, Broad took 7/72 (11/165 in the match) to set up a five-wicket win over the West Indies. The following year, he bettered it with a hostile 7/44 against New Zealand, who folded for 68 in pursuit of 239.

Ben Stokes (2017)

The ginger-haired Ben Stokes turned the first Test against New Zealand in 2015 on its head with a breathtaking 92-ball 101, after the visitors had gained a first-innings lead of 134. Stokes had narrowly missed out on a hundred in the first innings, scoring an equally aggressive 92. England ultimately scripted a come-from-behind victory by 124 runs. Stokes achieved the honours board double in 2017, taking 6/22 in England’s six-wicket win in a low-scorer against the West Indies.

Chris Woakes (2018)

Woakes etched his name on the honours board for the first time in 2016, when he took 6/70 in Pakistan’s first innings of the first Test. He followed it up with 5/32 in the second innings, but his efforts went in vain as England, facing a target of 283, lost by 75 runs. Two years down the line, he cracked 137*, his first Test ton, against India and added 189 for the sixth wicket with Jonny Bairstow (93) to help England recover from 131/5 to 396/7, a total that proved enough for an innings win.  


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