Ashes 2009, 2nd Test, Lord's
England (425 and 311 for six declared) beat Australia (215 and 406) by 115 runs
The immediate build-up to the second Ashes Test was dominated by the news that Andrew Flintoff was to retire from the longest form of the game at the end of the series.
And the popular all-rounder was to remain the headline story after the match as his five second-innings wickets helped England to a superb victory that ended Australia’s 75-year unbeaten record at Lord’s.
While Flintoff claimed the man-of-the-match award, the contribution of Andrew Strauss was also crucial to the hosts’ success.
England’s captain carried his bat on the opening day, finishing 161 not out and sharing a partnership of 196 with fellow opener Alastair Cook, who made 95.
Mitchell Johnson eventually made the breakthrough, trapping Cook lbw, but the seamer had endured a torrid time earlier in the piece, conceding 77 runs from his first 11 overs.
England were unable to take full advantage of their wonderful start, ending day one on 364 for six, and Strauss departed early on the second morning without adding to his overnight score.
However, a total of 425 proved to be well out of Australia’s reach as the tourists crumbled to 215 in reply, with James Anderson claiming 4-55.
Strauss opted against enforcing the follow-on and England raced to 311 for six in their second innings, setting a mammoth victory target of 522.
Flintoff and Graeme Swann then took two wickets apiece as Australia slipped to 128 for five, but a defiant sixth-wicket partnership between Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin ensured the match went into a fifth day, with Australia requiring a further 209 runs to pull off a phenomenal win.
It was on the final morning that Flintoff took centre stage, bowling 10 overs unchanged from the Pavilion End and picking up three of the five wickets that England needed.
He ended Clarke and Haddin’s alliance by removing the latter for 80 and when Swann bowled Clarke for a magnificent 136, England were on the brink of victory.
Johnson delayed the inevitable with a counter-attacking 63, but Australia were dismissed for 406, with Flintoff England's hero in his final Test appearance at the home of cricket.