It featured three of the truly great West Indian cricketers: Brian Lara, the world record holding batsman; Courteney Walsh, the highest test wicket taker of all time and Curtly Ambrose, the ultimate sat bowling destroyer. The occasion also saw the return to England colours of Dominic Cork, who was man of the match five years ago when England memorably beat the West Indies on this very same ground.
These were the two proud teams battling to emerge from the doldrums and West Indies had a terrific start, winning the first test of the series at Edgbaston by an innings. Immediately the whisper was that England had had it and that West Indian dominance of the game was on its way back. Well was it? Or could England's players show the sort of spirit and character that the country craved?
Day one saw the West Indies impose their authority with the bat before Cork dragged England back into the game. Day two witnessed all or part of the four innings - the first time this had ever happened in Test history.
West Indies all out for 267 - England 134 - West Indies 54 all out and England 0-0. Day three built to a nerve jangling climax as England edged closer and closer to the target of 188 to win.
Unquestionably the hundredth Lord's test lived up to its billing - it was a match that will live in the memory forever.