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Last Updated: Friday, 20 April 2007, 09:40 GMT 10:40 UK
Lara's career in photos

Brian Lara

Brian Lara makes his Test debut in Lahore in 1990 in a West Indies side that had dominated world cricket for a decade

Brian Lara in action

With his high backlift and swashbuckling style, the young Trinidadian is soon delighting crowds around the world

Brian Lara makes his first Test century for the West Indies in the third Test against Australia in the 1992/3 series

He first showcases his taste for big hundreds against Australia, making 277 in Sydney in 1993 to turn the series

ara kisses the pitch in St John's Antigua in 1994 after passing Sir Garfield Sobers' Test record of 365

Then against England the following year, Lara surpasses Sir Garfield Sobers' record highest Test score of 365

Sir Garfield Sobers congratulates Lara on his record-breaking innings

Lara's 375 remained a record in Tests until Matthew Hayden runs up 380 for Australia against Zimbabwe in 2003

Sir Garfield Sobers congratulates Lara on his record-breaking innings

Meanwhile, two months later Lara is at it again, recording the highest-ever first-class score for Warwickshire

Brian Lara accepts his award at The Oval in 1995

Centuries in three consecutive Tests in England also earn Lara the man-of-the-series award at the Oval in 1995

Lara celebrates going 2-1 up against Australia in Barbados after scoring 153 not out

And while captaincy brings a relative slump in form, Lara is back on top with a run of big scores against Australia in 1999

Brian Lara celebrates another century in Sri Lanka

Despite a 3-0 series whitewash in Sri Lanka in 2001, Lara still manages to amass a huge personal series total of 688 runs

Lara celebrates reaching 400 runs in a Test match against England in Antigua in 2004

The left-hander becomes the first player to score 400 in a Test innings in the Antigua Test against England in 2004

Brian Lara lifts the Champions Trophy

Also in 2004, the West Indies win the ICC Champions Trophy by beating England at The Oval

Allan Border celebrates becoming the game's leading test run scorer in New Zealand in 1993

With big scores in series against Pakistan and South Africa, Lara closes on Allan Border's leading Test run record

rian Lara leaves the field on 202 not out on the first Test against Australia in Adelaide

Lara passes Border's record of 11,174 runs after reaching 217 not out against Australia in Adelaide

Ricky Ponting (left) and Shane Warne (right) congratulate Brian Lara on his feat

Australia captain Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne congratulate Lara on becoming the leading Test run-scorer

Brian Lara at the 2007 World Cup

After his team fail to reach the semi-finals of the 2007 World Cup, Lara announces his retirement from international cricket

Brian Lara

"I want to be remembered as a batsman who provided entertainment to the fans," says Lara

Lara - the great entertainer
20 Apr 07 |  West Indies


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