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Lara Was No April Fool

Lara Was No April Fool

“He Will Probably Go On And Make A Hundred Now”

While April is normally associated with the excitement of another winter sport season kicking off, April proved a great time for one of world cricket’s true legends.

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Brian Charles Lara the Prince of West Indian cricket in the nineties and early twenty first century made a habit of putting England to the sword in April.

April 18 th, 1994 was the day Lara broke the then world record for the highest individual score in test cricket held by another West Indian legend Sir Garfield Sobers.

Lara finished with 375 off five hundred and thirty-eight balls with 45 boundaries and no sixes. Sobers score was a previous test high of 365.

Just six weeks later playing for English county Warwickshire Lara made the highest score in first class cricket of 501 not out against Durham.

Durham wicket keeper Chris Scott dropped Lara on 18 and turned to his teammate and quipped “he will probably go on and make a hundred now”.

Well history showed he in fact made five centuries worth in an innings that included 62 boundaries and 10 sixes off just four hundred and twenty-seven balls.

Ten years later and with Australian opener Matthew Hayden having surpassed Lara previous test record score after making 380 versus Zimbabwe, Lara did it again.

The same venue St John’s in Antigua and the same opposition England and again it was in April that he put on a show for the visiting Barmy Army.

Lara batted into the third day to post the still world record highest individual score of 400 not out. He hit 43 boundaries and one six in his 778-minutes stay at the crease.

Lara played 131 test matches averaging 52.88 with 34 centuries and 299 One day Internationalaveraging 40.48 with 19 centuries.

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