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What makes Brian Lara so good?
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Brian Lara's bat lift explained

Like a well-tuned Formula One car, Brian Lara's game is all about speed.

And like Ferrari's Michael Schumacher, Lara's game is all about breaking records and entertaining his adoring public.

Next time you watch Lara bat, take a very close look at how quickly his feet and bat get into position to play a shot.

He has this amazing ability to play the ball late, something coaches absolutely love in a batsman.

This means he has more time to play his shots and see if there's any movement off the pitch or in the air.

The other distinctive feature about his batting is his high bat lift.

Just as he's playing his shot, Lara's bat will come down over his head as quick as a flash.

This is how he creates the incredible power to smash those awesome cover drives to the boundary.

And that's not all.

Like all good left-handers, Lara is a demon on anything pitched around leg stump.

Thanks to his flexible wrists, he can also cut and pull until he's blue in the face.

And to top it all off, he also has the concentration skills of a chess player.

One thing's for sure whenever Lara's at the crease, expect fireworks.



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Brian Charles Lara factfile
Born: 2 May 1969
Birthplace: Cantaro, Santa Cruz, Trinidad
Height: 5ft 8in
Teams: Trinidad & Tobago, Warwickshire, West Indies.
Batting: Left-hand
Best Test score: 400not out v England, Antigua, 2004

Did you know?
Lara has scored the highest first class score in the history of the game - 501 not out against Durham in 1993
He's also scored the highest and third highest Test scores of all time
He scored 400 not out against England at the St John's ground in Antigua in April 2003
Nine years earlier, Lara hit a then record 375 against the same opposition at the same ground



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