News by Shane Dell 13/04/04
When Matthew Hayden broke Brian Laraís world batting record in October 2003 with a score of 380 runs against Zimbabwe, one could be forgiven for thinking that such a record would stand for some years, considering the previous one held by Lara had stood for nine years before Haydenís herculean effort.
But prior to commencing the current series against England, the Prince from Port of Spain or West Indian captain Brian Lara as he is better known, was quoted as saying that he would like to be the first person to make 400 runs in an innings, a comment that drew very little response and was seen as mere wishful thinking by many. Not that anyone doubted the ability of Lara to achieve it, but more that most experts believed that such a score although acheievable, was unlikely to be attained so soon after Haydenís record breaking dig against Zimbabwe.
Well, someone forgot to tell Brian Lara that!
Lara, who had made a poor total of only 100 runs in the previous three Tests against England, looked to be in jeopardy of losing his Captaincy of the team, mostly as a result of the humiliating defeats England had subjected the Windies to on home soil, but further compounded by his lack of runs against the opposition.
Resuming on 313 not out on the third day of the current Test against England in Antigua, Brian Lara has smashed his way back into the record books with an unbeaten score of 400 runs. Lara who declared his team iinings closed immediately on attaining his 400th run, smashed and decimated an England bowling attack that had torn the Windies side to pieces in the previous three tests. The Prince made his 400 not out, off 546 balls in 732 minutes at the wicket.
On reclaiming the record, Lara punched the air and knelt down to kiss the turf of the St Johnís pitch that has become his personal happy hunting ground. It was almost ten years to the day when Lara scored his then world record score of 375, against the same opposition and under almost identical conditions to his current dig.
Talk about dejavu!
Brian Lara has truly attained legend status with his most current batting record and joins Don Bradman as the only other player to have ever made two triple centuries in a career.
Previous Highest Records
380 Matthew Hayden, Australia v Zimbabwe in Perth, 10 October 2003
375 Brian Lara, West Indies v England at St John's, 16 April 1994
365* Garry Sobers, West Indies v Pakistan in Kingston, 1 March 1958
364 Len Hutton, England v Australia, atThe Oval, 23 August 1938
* denotes Not Out