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England in WI 2004: Lara reclaims his record
Brian Lara jumps for joy after reaching 400 (left), is congratulated by England's Andrew Flintoff (top right) and the scoreboard tells its own story (bottom right)

With the 2004 series lost, Brian Lara - in his second spell as West Indies captain - had one thing on his mind during the final Test at the Antigua Recreation Ground: reclaim his record.

Having scored 375 against England at the same ground in 1994, Lara had held the record for an individual Test innings for the best part of a decade before Australia opener Matthew Hayden had plundered 380 from a weak Zimbabwe attack in 2003.

BBC Sport report: Lara lauds Hayden

Having won the toss and elected to bat first, Daren Ganga's early departure saw Lara arrive at the crease - and he was 83 not out at the end of day one.

He batted through day two, reaching 313 by the close, passed Hayden's figure before lunch on day three and finally declared when he reached 400 shortly after the interval with the Windies 751-5.

BBC Sport report: Lara sets Test record

By then, England had sent down 202 overs; and with Steve Harmison removed from the attack by the umpires after a third warning for running on the wicket, even part-time bowlers Michael Vaughan and Marcus Trescothick bowled 31 overs between them.

England had to follow on after they were bowled out for 285, but made 422-5 in the second innings as the match was drawn.

But pity England's Graham Thorpe - the only man who had to field through the entirety of both of Lara's marathons in 1994 and 2004.

BBC Sport report: England force draw

see also
England in West Indies 2009
29 Dec 08 |  England

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