LONDON – If any bowler was tailor-made for a green-tinged Lord's wicket it was Ireland seamer Tim Murtagh but even he could not have imagined writing his name on the honours board in such devastating fashion as he did on Wednesday.
The London-born 37-year-old produced one of the best spells of bowling ever seen at the old ground, taking five wickets for 13 runs in nine overs as England were skittled for 85.
Only once has a bowler taken five or more wickets against England for less runs – and the list includes the greats.
Murtagh's spree began in his second over when he had Jason Roy caught at first slip by Paul Stirling and he barely strayed a millimetre off line throughout his overs, his modest 75mph deliveries invariably honing in on the top of off stump.
He proved too good for England, who had won the toss and batted in scorching conditions.