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England in WI 1994: Lara on top of the world
Brian Lara is congratulated (left) after his record-breaking innings (top right, watched by England keeper Jack Russell) and shares a joke with previous record-holder Sir Garry Sobers (bottom right)

The fifth Test of the 1994 series was drawn - earning the West Indies a 3-1 win - but the result itself was immaterial.

The game will always be remembered as Brian Lara's match - when the Trinidadian left-hander despatched England's bowlers to all four corners of the Antigua Recreation Ground on the way to scoring 375 - at the time, the highest individual score in Test history.

The previous record - Sir Garry Sobers' 365 not out against Pakistan - had stood since February 1958, and fittingly, the Windies legend was at the ground to watch his record broken.

Coming in at 12-2, Lara enjoyed stands of 179 with Jimmy Adams, 183 with Keith Arthurton and 219 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul as his innings extended into the third day of the game.

The Sobers record was broken when Lara hooked Chris Lewis (0-140 from 33 overs) for four, prompting a pitch invasion - but when play resumed, he did not last much longer before being caught behind off Andy Caddick.

Lara's innings comprised 538 balls in 766 minutes - he hit 45 fours but no sixes.

England's reply remains largely forgotten, but Mike Atherton (135) and Robin Smith (175) put on 303 - England's highest third-wicket partnership against West Indies - as the game petered out into an inevitable draw.

Later that year, Lara signed for Warwickshire and scored 501 not out against Durham in the County Championship - which remains the highest individual score in first-class cricket.



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

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