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Lara sets world batting best

13/04/2004 05:15:29 AM Comments (0)

West Indies skipper Brian Lara set a world highest individual Test score when he passed the previous best of 380 on the third day of the fourth Test against England.

Lara was 390 not out at lunch in a West Indies total of 5-734.

The previous best of 380 was set by Australia's Matthew Hayden in the first Test against Zimbabwe in Perth last October.

As both West Indies and England players crowded round to offer their congratulations Lara punched the air with his bat then fell to his knees to kiss the turf.

"It's hard to believe - a great feeling," a smiling Lara told Sky Sports after being escorted off for lunch by a guard of honour after adding a further six runs to leave him ten short of the 400 barrier.

He added: "It's been really, really tiring but I feel great."

He had started the day unbeaten on 313 in a huge West Indies score of 5-595 and needing another 68 runs to overtake Hayden's mark.

It was Lara's old world best of 375 set on this same ground against England 10 years previously that Hayden passed to top the batting list.

"I'm amazed to be back here again," reflected Lara.

"It's only dampened by the series result, but we'll see if we can get a win here."

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