Having seen the honors boards for neutral Tests and for England, we now look at the corresponding boards for visitors playing Tests at Lord’s.
First, the 105 centuries by visitors:
The highest score here is 259 by GC Smith for SA in 2003.
India’s DB Vengsarkar is the only visitor to score 3 centuries at Lord’s, while several others have scored 2.
Centuries in each innings were made by Headley (106 and 107 for WI, 1939).
Centuries on debut were made by Graham (107 for Aus, 1893) and Ganguly (131 for Ind, 1996). Ganguly’s 131 is the highest by anyone making his Test debut at Lord’s. Graham was the first visitor to score a century at Lord’s.
Now we look at the 85 five-fors by visitors:
The best innings bowling by a visitor is 8-38 by McGrath for Aus in 1997, which is just behind Botham’s 8-34.
CTB Turner, Hadlee and McGrath took 3 five-fors apiece, and several others took 2.
Five-fors by visitors in each innings:
Massie’s effort was on debut, and remains the best bowling for Australia in any Test. It was also the best match bowling by any debutant until India’s Hirwani inched ahead with 16-136 in 1987.
The following visitors took 5-fors on their Test debut at Lord’s:
Massie’s 8-53 is the best here. Nissar’s debut was in India’s first Test.
Visitors who took 10 wickets in a match at Lord’s:
Ramadhin’s effort came in WI’s first victory in England (and the calypso “Cricket, lovely Cricket”).
Massie has the best match bowling figures at Lord’s. And he is the only visitor to take a 10-for on debut at Lord’s.
Looking at all-round performances, the following visitors have scored centuries and taken five-fors at Lord’s (though they may not be in the same Test):
Mankad is the only visitor to score a century and take a five-for in the same Test at Lord’s (184 and 5-196 for Ind in 1952), while Miller did so in different Tests. Thus Botham and Mankad were the only ones to do this at Lord’s. Mankad’s efforts (which included another fifty) were not enough to prevent defeat for his side.
DJ Nash (56 and 11-169 for NZ in 1994) is the only visitor to score a fifty and take 10 wickets in a match at Lord’s. He and MM Ali are the only ones to do this at Lord’s.
This concludes our summary of batting and bowling performances which find their place on the various honors boards at Lord’s.
Now you may well ask “But wait! Where are Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Ponting and Lara? Or Lillee, Warne and Ambrose?”
Good questions, which deserve a separate post.