Five of the greatest players in the history of cricket who have missed out on the Lord's Honours Boards

Ashish Peter 8/09/2017
Ben Stokes became the ninth player in history to feature on both Honours Boards.

The honours boards in the Pavilion of Lord’s, the home of cricket, have always been a major attraction for any visiting side playing at the famous ground in London.

The boards have adorned the walls of the ‘home’ and ‘away’ dressing rooms since the tradition was started. The Honours Boards recognise any batsman or bowler who scores a century or picks-up a five-wicket haul respectively.

Many famous names in the world of cricket have etched their names into the permanent history of the picturesque ground at St. John’s Wood, none more than former England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham, who appears on the board a record 10 times.

Ben Stokes, an all-rounder much in the mould of Botham, became the latest addition to the Honours Boards after his five-wicket haul against the West Indies on Thursday.

Stokes, who has already appeared on the Honours Boards after his century against the Kiwis in May 2015, became only the ninth player in Test history to have his names marked on both the batting and bowling boards.

While there have been many legends who have found themselves permanently etched in the history of Lord’s, there have been some notable names in the world of cricket who have failed to make their mark in north London.

We look at five of the greatest players to have missed out on the honour of having their names immortalized at the cricket ground.

Ricky Ponting – Australia

The Aussie modern-day great has left his mark on cricket grounds galore around the globe with his 41 Test centuries but a century at Lord’s deserted him throughout his long and distinguished career.

The former Australian skipper played four Tests at the famous ground but his highest score stands at a disappointing 42.

Ponting did manage to score 111 in an ODI match against England at the venue but alas, there is no provision for recognizing achievements in the limited-overs format at Lord’s.

Shane Warne – Australia

Another Aussie legend, the maverick leg-spinner with 708 Test scalps to his name, Warne never managed to claim a five-wicket haul at Lord’s.

The iconic bowler did however come close to making the Honours Board thrice in the four Tests he played at the venue but each time he fell one wicket short.

Warne’s Lord’s debut saw him take four scalps in each of innings and he came agonizingly close to finally making the cut in his final Test at Lord’s where yet again, he fell short by a solitary wicket.

Jacques Kallis – South Africa

Undoubtedly one of the greatest all-rounders to ever grace the game, the phenomenal numbers the Cape Town-born man achieved speak for themselves.

With over 13,000 runs and just under 300 wickets with the red-ball, one would think that the South African would have found himself on the Honours Boards on a number of occasions.

But the Proteas great did not have the best of times with the bat at the venue with 31 being his highest score in his three Test outings there.

He did however come close to making the boards with his bowling performance, but like Warne, fell short at four wickets in an innings.

Brian Lara – West Indies

One of the greatest batsmen to emerge in the history of cricket, Lara has always enjoyed playing against England.

The Trinidad and Tobago man’s mammoth scores of 375 and 400 have all come against the Englishmen. In fact, his record of the highest ever first-class score – 501 – came at Edgbaston for Warwickshire against Durham in 1994.

Unfortunately for Lara, his three Tests at Lord’s only returned a highest score of 54 to make him one of the most notable omissions from the Honours Boards.

Sachin Tendulkar – India

No words are needed to describe the Little Master’s standing in the history of the Test game, with just under 16,000 runs and 51 Test centuries to his name.

Just like Lara, Tendulkar loved batting against the English and his performances in the country were very memorable.

An honorary member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) which Lord’s is home to, the Indian batting superstar’s highest score was only 37 in the five Tests he played there.

His only ton at the iconic ground came in the Princess of Wales memorial match in 1998 when he scored 125 runs for the Rest of the World XI against the MCC XI.

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Jason Holder removed England skipper Joe Root and Tom Westley.

West Indies captain Jason Holder starred in a dramatic fightback as wickets tumbled on a remarkable first day of the third and deciding Test against England at Lord’s on Thursday.

When bad light eventually ended play, England had slumped to 46 for four in reply to West Indies’ seemingly mediocre 123 all out – a deficit of 77 runs – with the three-match series all square at 1-1.

Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes were both 13 not out after towering paceman Holder had taken two for 18 in six overs.

It seemed England would have the upper hand when Stokes returned Test-best figures of six for 26 in 14.3 unchanged overs either side of tea.

But never before had a Test at the ‘home of cricket’ started so late in the English season and the 19 overs England faced Monday was time enough for a collapse of their own in still heavily overcast conditions on a green-tinged pitch affected by a fungal infection.

England rapidly declined to 24 for four in a match that would surely have been halted a lot earlier for bad light before the advent of floodlights at Lord’s.

England skipper Joe Root was dismissed by his opposing counterpart for just 1 run.

England skipper Joe Root was dismissed by his opposing counterpart for just one run.

Mark Stoneman was caught behind for one off Kemar Roach before fellow left-handed opener Alastair Cook (10) fell in similar fashion.

Tom Westley then saw his prospects of an Ashes tour place fade whem he was plumb lbw to Holder for eight — his fifth successive single-figure score in Test cricket.

Holder struck at the start of his next over to have opposing captain and star batsman Joe Root well caught for just one by Kieran Powell in the slips.

Malan, on his Middlesex home ground, survived the hat-trick.

Earlier, Stokes’s figures surpassed his previous Test-best of six for 36 against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2015.

James Anderson, who helped Stokes on his way with a brilliant slip catch, was left one shy of becoming the first England bowler to take 500 Test wickets after a return of two for 31 in 16 overs.

The West Indies had batted superbly to chase down a target of 322 in winning the second Test at Headingley last week.

But runs only came freely when Powell (39) and Shai Hope (29), fresh from his twin hundreds at Headingley, were combining in a third-wicket partnership of 56 after Holder won the toss.

Anderson, wicketless in the second innings at Headingley, had Kraigg Brathwaite – who made 134 and 95 in Leeds — dropped on three in the slips by Cook and then caught behind for 10 to leave West Indies 18 for one.

After a 40-minute rain break, Kyle Hope was out for a duck when, trying to withdraw his bat to Anderson, he was well caught by diving wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.

Anderson had taken two wickets for no runs in 12 balls and West Indies were 22 for two.

Earlier in the day, Ben Stokes claimed six wickets to get his name onto the Lord's Honours Boards.

Ben Stokes claimed six wickets to get his name onto the Lord’s Honours Boards.

Kyle Hope’s exit brought in younger brother Shai Hope, who made 147 and 118 not out — his first two Test hundreds — at Headingley.

After lunch, Anderson pressed hard for the elusive 500th wicket but it would not come and Root took him out of the attack. A later spell saw Anderson repeatedly beat Devendra Bishoo’s outside edge without reward.

Instead it was Toby Roland-Jones, who took two for 32 on his Middlesex home ground having been dropped at Headingley, and Stokes who shared the remaining West Indies wickets.

Roland-Jones claimed the prize scalp of Shai Hope, who scored 28 runs in boundaries, when he cut one away from the right-hander and had him caught by Cook.

Stokes, given just five overs by Root in the second innings at Headingley, produced the delivery of the day to square up Roston Chase (18) and clip the top of his off stump before polishing off the tail in a spell of three for none in six balls.

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Nathan Lyon is now the highest Test wicket-taker in 2017.

Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon worked his way into the record books when he became only the ninth player in Test cricket history to pick up six wickets or more in three consecutive innings.

The New South Wales man ripped into the Bangladesh batting-order claiming seven wickets in the second innings of the Chittagong Test as Australia chased down the paltry target of 86 runs with considerable ease to level the two-match series 1-1.

Lyon had picked up seven wickets in the first innings to restrict the hosts to only 305 and his consistent attacking lengths on Thursday bought him further reward on an alarmingly deteriorating pitch.

For large periods of his career, the 29-year-old spinner’s role in the Aussie team has been described as that of a ‘workhorse’. He has been seen as the necessary evil to tie-up one end for the team while the pacers took the centre stage as the main wicket-taking threat.

The off-spinner has indeed come a long way from his days as a member of the ground staff at the Adelaide Oval to emerge as the indisputable leader of Australia’s spin attack and a potent threat on any wicket.

It’s a far cry from his South Australia Grade Cricket League days where he used to double up as a member of the ground staff at the Adelaide Oval.

The Aussie spinner’s introduction to the five-day format in 2011 was the stuff dreams are made of when he dismissed Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara with his very first delivery in Test cricket, making him only the third player from his country to do so.

That was not the only landmark achieved by Lyon in his first match as he finished with returns of 5-34 in the first innings to become the 131st player in history to claim a five-wicket haul in his maiden Test.

Lyon has emerged as Australia's indisputable leader of the spin-attack.

Lyon has emerged as Australia’s indisputable leader of the spin-attack.

It has been six years since Lyon’s debut but the words world-class were seldom associated with the orthodox off-spinner ever since. The man who has been playfully given the title of the ‘Greatest of all time’ or ’GOAT’ after he overtook Hugh Trumble to hold the record for the most wickets by an Aussie off-spinner, has had a dream 2017 to make everyone sit up and take notice.

His 6-60 in the second innings of the Chittagong victory has taken his wicket tally in the current year to 46, the highest among any bowler in the world.

For the record, India’s spin twins of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have taken 44 wickets each in the same time-frame. The spin duo currently occupy third and top spot in the ICC Test bowler rankings while Lyon features at number 17.

One can expect that to change drastically in the near future as the Australian spinner finally gets the plaudits he deserves. The off-spinner finished with 22 wickets in the two-match series with a best of 7-94, acting as the main catalyst of the comeback from Steve Smith’s men after the hosts had won their first-ever Test against Australia in Dhaka.

That Bangladesh’s front-line spinner Shakib al Hasan finished with 12 wickets in the series is a testament to Lyon’s prowess in the tour. He has single-handedly carried Australia’s spin-attack to victory over a Bangladesh team on the up, especially at home, in their own backyard.

Lyon’s 10 wicket-haul in Chittagong now makes him the only Aussie off-spinner to have breached that landmark twice in his career.

Often has the 29-year-old been derided for his performances in Australia’s past tours to the subcontinent but this time Lyon has engraved himself as a world-class spinner, the clear leader of Australia’s attack and now a proven match-winner. This was the first time that he has picked up a 10 wicket-haul in a Test in Asia.

It will be interesting to see the battle between him and Moeen Ali in the Ashes series to be played Down Under come the end of the year. With age still on his side, expect Lyon to add considerably to the 269 scalps he has claimed so far wearing the Baggy Greens.

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