Brian Lara sets new Test record

West Indies skipper Brian Lara set a world highest individual Test score today scoring 400 after declaring at 751 for 5.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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West Indies skipper Brian Lara set a world highest individual Test score today after scoring 400 on the third day of the fourth Test against England. Lara seems to be the king with yet another world record – the first batsman in the history of the game to score 400 runs. He was not out as his side ended their first innings at a colossal 751 for 5. King Lara Brian Charles Lara, holder of the world record for the highest individual test score. Since test cricket began 127 years ago, this record has changed hands only nine times, and Lara has the distinction of doing it twice. Ten years ago to the week, on the same ground and against the same opposition, Lara powered his way to the world Test batting record. Ten years on, Lara entered the match with a series tally of 100 runs in six innings and, as captain, the prospect of a home-series whitewash hanging over his head. But then the left-hander has been the backbone of West Indian cricket for more a decade now. In fact, one of Lara's best knocks certainly wasn't a record breaker. His unbeaten 153 against Australia in 1998-99 helped West Indies to an improbable test win at Bridgetown. Monday's record-breaking performance at Antigua only adds to his impressive 501 not out. The record for the highest first class score. Records tumble The 34 year old had already entered the record books on Sunday when on 300, he became only the second batsman after Sir Don Bradman to twice score a triple century. Lara hasn't always been in the news just for his batting prowess. Captaincy problems, excess weight, hamstring injuries and a three-month sabbatical for a mysterious illness all made sure Lara stayed in the headlines. Even now, the headlines could have buried him as the leader of a fading former cricket superpower, but ultimately it's his genius with the willow that has made him one of the stars of the contemporary game, and also one of the most charismatic cricketers of the modern era.