hunger for scoring big whenever he got set. He never uses his pads, and it is always a pride and joy to watch him play. Lara, however, reclaimed it six months later when, almost exactly ten years after his 375, he scored 400 not out, also against England and once more at Antigua's Recreation Ground. Lara, who said, "I knew he was going to bowl me a bouncer", obliged. "I'll be lynched. Tip Foster: 287 (England v Australia - December 14, 1903). The field stayed back until Lara cover-drove a boundary off Andy Caddick to bring him level with Sobers. His high backlift enabled him to hit shots with great power all around the ground, and he could tear apart any bowling line-up on his day. Brian Lara's unbeaten 400 is still the highest Test score. Lara was one of the calmest West Indians around. The pair effortlessly added 179, of which Adams made 59 before becoming the third and last wicket of the day. Graham Thorpe, also in the England side, commented: "There was an inevitability about it all.". A wretchedly slow outfield did not help, sure-fire boundaries often becoming run twos. On this day 16 years ago, legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara recorded the highest-ever Test score by slamming an unbeaten 400 against England at St John's in Antigua. The England bowlers had been in fiery form and Lara, coming in at No. When he broke Matthew Hayden’s world record of 380 and became the first batsman in the history of Test cricket to hit a quadruple century, the event took the entire cricket fraternity by storm. His uneaten 400 included 43 fours and four sixes. West Indies had become a vulnerable side in the 2000s and were being dominated by England on their own soil in the 2004 series. It was the return of the King of Test cricket to his throne. "I feel proud to know he's conquered me with such an awesome performance.”. 3, was beaten by Harmison early on. I had to break someone else's record [Len Hutton's] to break the record, and records are always there to be broken. Brian Lara is counted amongst the best Test batsmen ever and had a unique hunger for scoring big whenever he got set. Twenty years ago this week, one of cricket's most famous landmarks was broken in Antigua when Brian Lara pulled Chris Lewis for four and in so doing passed Garry Sobers' record of 365 for the highest Test innings. With Keith Arthurton, Lara put on 183 for the fourth wicket; Arthurton's share was only 47. He had batted 766 minutes - 14 minutes shy of 13 hours - for his 375, and scored 45 fours. Hayden's 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003 helped him surpass Lara's world record of 375 which was also … Having lost the first three matches, Lara won the toss in the fourth match and opted for his team to bat first. ", In the euphoria afterwards, Trinidad's prime minister announced that he had bought Lara a house. Brian Lara spent nearly 13 hours at the crease during his mammoth knock of 400 against England. If we talk about his records and performances, the iconic 400 runs in the 4th Test match, on April 10-14, 2004, in St John’s, England tour of West Indies, will be remembered forever. The West Indian first got the world record for the highest individual score by racking up 375 against England in 1994, breaking the record of another Carribean legend, Sir Gary Sobers. Lewis was bowling next at Lara and Phil Tufnell said he ambled over and told him to make him work for the record. Despite boasting a first-innings lead of 563, England opted not to enforce the follow-on and only drew the match. Who has signed up? Sobers was in attendance in Antigua to see Lara eclipse his score in the fifth Test of a series that West Indies had already wrapped up. Facing a formidable bowling attack that boasted of the likes of Steve Harmison, Andrew Flintoff and Matthew Hoggard, Lara faced 582 deliveries, spending nearly 13 hours at the crease, as he hit 43 boundaries and four sixes on his way to becoming the first and only player to reach the 400-run mark in Test cricket. But a remarkable and morale-boosting win at fortress Bridgetown in the fourth Test gave England renewed belief to set up the series finale at the St John's Recreation Ground. "I spoke to Brian over the phone and passed on my congratulations for a truly amazing effort," said Hayden. In the UK, new spread-betting firm Sporting Index got things badly wrong, having offered Lara to score 375 runs in the series. And boy, what a knock it turned out to be! Scenarios: Sunrisers need two wins and more; Capitals can be eliminated. The match ended in a draw, but it was a knock that has been etched in cricketing history. Here are the highlights of that once-in-a-lifetime knock. ... Lara's 375 against England at the same venue in 1994 was the highest Test score until Hayden's knock against Zimbabwe nine years later.

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