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This thread is to salute the man who has broken Alan Border's record of most test runs. The previous record was 11,174.

121 matches

11,187 runs

Highest Score of 400*

Average of 54.04

31 centuries
46 half centuries

No one will ever forget his maiden test century against Australia at the SCG in 1993. Where he scored 277.

Or when he was 24 years of age, when he overtook fellow compatriot Garfield Sobers highest score of 365 to have the highest test score in one innings of 375 against England in Antigua in 1994.

A first class match when he played for Warwickshire v Durham in 1994. Less than 2 months after the highest test score, he made the highest first class score ever of 501 runs. He hit them off 427 balls and hit 62 4's and 10 6's.

The test series in the Caribbean in 1998-99. No one gave West Indies a chance. His captaincy was under pressure and he smacked 213 in the second test and 100 in the fourth to give the Windies a 2-2 draw. His most remarkable knock came in Bridgetown. West Indies were set 308 to win on a pitch which didn't suit the batsmen and the Windies slumped to 5-105. He brilliantly marshalled the tail adding 53 for the ninth wicket with Ambrose and nine vital runs for the last wicket with Walsh. He finished on an unbeaten 153 and that was rated in 2000 as the second best innings in Test history.

Sri Lanka in 2001. He hit 351 runs in a losing side. 221 in the first innings and 130 in the second.

2003 V Zimbabwe he overtook Viv Richards as West Indies leading run scorer hitting 191 off 203 balls.

Also in 2003, who can't forget his fantastic over. 4, 6, 6, 4, 4, 4 to break the world record for most runs in an over.

What about the class of the man. 2004 at Antigua v England. The year before, Hayden had broken Lara's record for most runs in an innings. Lara was the first man ever to reach 400 runs. He reclaimed his record off Hayden and made 400* 10 years after breaking Sober's record of most runs in an innings against England at the same ground.

2004 against England at Old Trafford he made 10,000 test runs.

2005 against South Africa in Trinidad. Brian Lara scored his 27th test century to overtake Sober's most centuries for the West Indies.

After that match he went on to hit another 3 centuries to bring his tally to 30.

Australia came and he had Border's record in sights. Unsuccessful for the World XI and also the first 2 test matches against Australia, Lara needed 214 runs to break Border's record. He did just that, but only better. Coming in early in the innings, Brian Lara showed the class he is. He made 100 and in the process he made 11,000 test runs. He made a double century and only just today did he pass Border's most test runs. He didn't stop there, fighting on only to get out for 226 in what could be his last test match in Australia. Lara had done everything else so this was not beyond him and he has done it in style.

That double century from Lara was his 8th. He is sitting second behind Australia's greatest ever Batsman, Donald Bradman who has 12.

So lets recap.

Brian Lara's highest scores.

400* V England - 2004 (Antigua)
375 V England - 1994 (Antigua)
277 V Australia - 1993 (Sydney)
226 V Australia - 2005/06 (Adelaide)
221 V Sri Lanka - 2001/02 (Collumbo)
213 V Australia - 1998/99 (Kingston)
209 V Sri Lanka - 2003 (Gros Islet)
202 V South Africa - 2003 (Johannesburg)

He equals Bradman with most triple centuries scored - 2.
He is sitting 4th with 31 test centuries.

Brian Lara
V Australia - 9 hundreds
V England - 7 hundreds
V Sri Lanka - 5 hundreds
V South Africa - 4 hundreds
V Pakistan - 2 hundreds
V New Zealand - 1 hundred
V India - 1 hundred
V Zimbabwe - 1 hundred
V Bangladesh - 1 hundred

He has hit 100's against every test team in the world he's been up against.

He is the greatest batsman the world has ever seen.

How long he stays around is another question, but it was great to see him do this. He is a brilliant batsman and the day he retires will be a sad day for World Cricket.

Well done Brian Lara.
 
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