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1988: Hick makes cricketing history
Graeme Hick, Worcestershire's 21-year-old prodigy, has scored more than 400 runs in a county championship match - the highest innings in England this century.

He finished on 405 not out against Somerset at Taunton. It is the highest championship score since Archie MacLaren's 424 for Lancashire in 1895, also at Taunton.

I can't imagine you will ever see a greater innings than Graeme's today - he's certainly the best white batsman I've seen
Team-mate Ian Botham
"It hasn't really sunk in yet. I suppose tomorrow when I wake up then it will all come back to me," said Hick.

His county team-mate Ian Botham said: "I can't imagine you will ever see a greater innings than Graeme's today - he's certainly the best white batsman I've seen."

Hick started the day with 179 runs which he almost doubled by the end - the eighth highest individual score ever. Somerset managed just 145.

In nine-and-a-quarter hours Hick faced 469 deliveries and struck 35 fours and 11 sixes. All but one of the sixes came after he had reached 288. The final score was 628-7.

Born in Zimbabwe, Hick has been living in England for four years. However under present rules of qualification he will not be able to play for the England team until 1991.

But some commentators think that given his talent, he should be brought into the England team sooner to boost its poor performance on the international arena.

It remains to be seen whether the authorities will make an exception for him.

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Graeme Hick plays Somerset at Taunton
Hick scored the eighth highest individual score ever


In Context
Hicks' amazing score was beaten six years later by Brian Lara's 501 in 1994.

Hick had to wait until 1991 before he was allowed to join the England team - and was widely regarded as its saviour.

Although Hick is still considered by many as one of the world's finest one-day batsman, his international performance never quite matched his county championship achievements - he was dropped several times from Test teams. Nevertheless, he has his sights set on playing at the 2003 World Cup in New Zealand.

Hick was appointed Worcestershire captain in 2000. That year he also represented England against his native Zimbabwe under England coach Duncan Fletcher, his old Zimbabwe captain.

He has been nicknamed Arnie because of his resemblance to film star and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Hick's achievements
Youngest player to score 2,000 runs - 1986
Youngest player to play in World Cup (for Zimbabwe)
Scored 100 centuries - 1998

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