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Last Updated: Monday, 28 July, 2003, 15:59 GMT 16:59 UK
Number cruncher: Top Test scores
Graeme Smith has just compiled the biggest ever Test score by a South African, but he is still some way down the all-time pecking order.
Biggest Test innings by country
Smith's sublime knock of 277, eclipsed Darryl Cullinan and Gary Kirsten, who both made 275.
But it left him almost a century short of Brian Lara, whose score of 375 in 1994 - also against England - raised the barrier for the West Indies and for the world.
Lara's compatriot Sir Garfield Sobers had held the world mark for 36 years at 365 not-out.
Len Hutton's 364, England's highest ever individual score, was the foundation stone of his country's biggest ever Test total, 903-7 against Australia in 1938.
TEST SCORES OVER 300
375: Brian Lara
365*: Gary Sobers
364: Len Hutton
340: Sanath Jayasuriya
337: Hanif Mohammad
336*: Wally Hammond
334*: Mark Taylor
334: Don Bradman
333: Graham Gooch
325: Andy Sandham
311: Bob Simpson
310*: John Edrich
307: Bob Cowper
304: Don Bradman
302: Lawrence Rowe
* = not out
And similarly, Sanath Jayasuriya's 340, for Sri Lanka, was posted as his side compiled a world record 952-6 in 1997.
Pakistan are the next country to have a representative with Hanif Mohammad, who took 16 hours and 10 minutes 0 still a Test record - to compile 337 runs against West Indies.
And they are followed by Australia, for whom Mark Taylor declared on 334 against Pakistan so as not to pass Don Bradman's mark. Bradman is the only cricketer to have made two scores of over 300 - and he threw in another of 299 for good measure.
Martin Crowe matched Bradman's near-miss with a 299 of his own in 1990, to lead the way for New Zealand.
And, surprisingly, India have to rely on the recent effort of 281, by VVS Laxman, for their top total.
Further adrift, Test minnows Zimbabwe and Bangladesh call on David Houghton (266) and Aminul Islam (145) for their best innings.
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