Kevin Roberts and the Cricket Australia Board would be counting their luck right about now.
As Josh Hazlewood dominated Day 2 of the second Ashes Test at the home of cricket, let’s look at other international bowlers who have lit up the hallowed Lord’s slope.
Richard Hadlee is one of the finest cricketers the Black Caps have ever produced as well as one of the most fearsome fast bowlers to grace the game with his belligerence and hostility.
Hadlee was the first bowler to bag 400 Test wickets and helped elevate New Zealand towards unprecedented achievements in the format.
Hadlee was also a hard-hitting lower-order batsman and was considered amongst the Fab Four of the ’80s along with Sir Ian Botham, Kapil Dev and Imran Khan.
Bowling with a tearaway, whippy approach with the swagger of his long hair, Hadlee was nothing less than a cricketing celebrity on the field.
He particularly fancied playing against the English and has a staggering record at the home of cricket. His 26 wickets from four matches came at an impressive average of just over 21.
More often than not, Hadlee used to be the chief destroyer behind the demolition job.
Glenn McGrath will forever be remembered for the maestro he was with the new cherry in hand and for the magic he used to cast with both the Kookaburra and the Dukes.
He was probably the greatest exploiter of the Lord’s slope from a foreign land in the history of the game. Who can forget the trail of destruction that he lay in 1997 when he devastated England with unforgettable figures of 8 for 38?
Gifted with an ability to bowl at immaculate lines and lengths, McGrath kept nagging it around the corridor of uncertainty and, more often than not, he would pull rabbits from the hat.
He was an absolute wizard when it came to utilising the Lord’s slope to his advantage. His devastating spell on the opening day of the 2005 Ashes is forever jotted down into cricketing folklore.
McGrath has the best record for any non-Englishman at the ground, as far as bowling averages and the number of wickets is concerned. He has taken an extraordinary 26 scalps in the three games he has featured in at an average of 11.50.
The numbers are a one-off and speak volumes of the maestro’s mastery.
Malcolm Marshall was the greatest West Indies bowler in the 1980s amongst several other formidable pacemen that the Caribbean produced in that era.
Gifted with vicious pace, zipping swing, a cut-throat approach and an incredible cricketing mind, Marshall used to be the x-factor in the Windies pace battery.
Unlike his tall and heavily built team-mates in the national team, Marshall was of an ordinary height but he even used that to his advantage, bowling malicious bumpers that skidded off from the surface and caught the batsmen napping in the crease.
He mastered orthodoxy and his brilliant intelligence of the game led him to develop a fearsome leg cutter that he used to unleash on dusty pitches.
Marshall’s record was exceptional on English shores. His spells of 7 for 53 and 7 for 22 in 1984 and 1988 are especially remembered as some of the most surreal spells bowled by a visitor in England.
Marshall did justice to his wondrous talent by coming to the home of cricket and having his name emblazoned on the honours board. His 20 wickets at Lord’s in three matches came at a miserly average of 17.0 and included two five-fors and a ten-wicket haul.