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Last Updated: Friday, 25 November 2005, 08:05 GMT
Lara achieves Test runs milestone
Brian Lara

West Indies batsman Brian Lara has become only the second player in Test cricket history to score 11,000 runs.

Lara, 36, passed the milestone en route to a double century in the final Test against Australia in Adelaide.

The Trinidadian was 202 not out at stumps and is now only 11 runs behind Test record holder Allan Border, who plundered 11,174 runs in 265 innings.

"I knew this was just around the corner. I was ready and really looking forward to this Test," he said.

"I've been batting for 15 to 16 years in Test cricket, anybody who spends that sort of time and is any sort of a decent batsman is going to be in and around certain records."

Lara was determined not to allow himself to be tied down by the Australian attack after buidling a foundation for his innings.

1. A Border (Aus) 11,174 runs in 265 innings
2. B Lara (WI) 11,163 runs in 213 innings
3. S Waugh (Aus) 10,927 runs in 260 innings
4. S Tendulkar (Ind) 10,134 runs in 198 innings
5. S Gavaskar (Ind) 10,122 runs in 214 innings

"I know they're capable of getting me out, but there comes a time when you have to pick the momentum up and dictate to them.

"You have to give them their hour, but once you know the pace and bounce of the pitch and what the bowlers have to offer, you have to go out there and not be intimidated," the left-hander said.

Lara already holds the records for the highest Test and first-class scores, 400 not out and 501 respectively.

His epic quadruple century against England in Antigua in April 2004 saw him become the first man to reclaim the world record, which he set at 375 in 1994 and then lost to Australian Matthew Hayden.

Lara, who may be playing his last Test on Australian soil, was given a standing ovation as he walked to the crease at the fall of the second wicket and he responded with a typically fluent display.

"I read an article that I have never come to these shores and left without a hundred, so I had a lot of confidence batting in this particular match," he said..

It was Lara's first three figure score since June - when he hit 153 against Pakistan - and ended a lean spell since arriving on Australian soil for October's ICC Super Series.

"It was a bit of a challenge for all the bowlers today. Most of us knew this was just around the corner," said Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill, who expects Lata to surpass Border's total on the second day.

"You're definitely tempted to try and contain someone of that class and in that form but I think that can be a mistake. You still have to attack and be looking for a wicket.

"I think once he knocks off these runs, we might seem him take most of the strike, so that's something for our bowlers to deal with."

West Indies have lost 17 of their last 24 Tests and only won two, but Lara hopes good times may not be too far off.

"If we ever turn the corner I will be the happiest individual in the world because that's what I really want to see - I think the talent is there.

"There's a general feeling within the camp to try and get us out of this rut and that will mean a lot to me, but what is going to be more important is to see the younger players trying to throw me off the top.

"I remember playing with the Desmond Haynes and the Richie Richardsons, I knew they were great players but I wanted to be in the forefront and I wanted to be up there with them.

"I would like to see the younger players like Dwayne Bravo and Denesh Ramdin compete for the highest level as soon as possible," he added.

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