I know it's a bit of a cliché but there really is nothing like an Ashes test at Lord's, especially the Saturday, and this was no different.
The play itself was very traditional test cricket; steady batting, accumulated runs and a merciless grinding down of the Aussies by some fine England batting.
Joe Root was absolutely superb, technically sound, solid in defence but then put the bad ball away when the bowlers got tired. Just like watching Boycott, and there are fewer bigger compliments than that. He closed on 178.
England grind them down
Australia field all day
Bresnan and Root batted together....
... until after lunch
But Root goes on and on.....
....passing 100 on the way
A long day in the field for Australia
Ian Bell comes to the party
And the sun comes out in the afternoon