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Brian Lara completes 8000 runs in Tests
by Rajesh Kumar


Scorecard:West Indies v Australia
Player:BC Lara

When his score reached 23 during his first innings score of 68 (his 39th fifty) against Australia at St.John's, his 39th fifty, Brian Lara completed his 8000 runs in Test Cricket. He is the third West Indian after Gary Sobers and Vivian Richards and 13th in the World to have aggregated 8000 or more runs in Test Cricket.

During his innings of 68, Brian Lara (8045) surpassed the aggregates of Mark Waugh (8029) and Gary Sobers (8032) and is now eleventh in the all-time list of highest run-aggregates.

Lara's feat of reaching 8000 runs in 94 Tests is the second fastest in the history of Test Cricket. Gary Sobers holds the record, having taken only 91 Tests to reach 8000 runs.

The country-wise Test record of Brian Lara is as under:

   Opponents      M  I  N.O. Runs  H.S.  Ave. 100  50  0 Ct
   Sri Lanka       6  11  -   826  221  75.09   4  1   1  6
   South Africa   11  22  -   791   91  35.95   -  7   1 15
   Pakistan        7  13  -   394   96  30.31   -  2   -  7
   New Zealand     8  12  -   614  147  51.17   1  4   - 13
   India          13  21  -   791  103  37.67   1  6   2  9
   England        22  36  2  2219  375  65.26   6  9   1 36
   Australia      27  50  2  2470  277  51.46   8 11   5  34
 
        Total:    94 165  4  8105  375  50.28  20 40  10 120
 
           Home:  48  82  3  4310  375  54.56   9 24   4  68
           Away:  46  83  1  3795  277  46.28  11 16   6  52
Batsmen with 8000 or more runs in Test Cricket as on 10.5.2003:
 
Batsman       For  T    I  N.O. Runs  H.S.  Ave. 100  50  0  Tests to
                                                               8000
A.R.Border    Aus. 156 265  44  11174 205  50.56  27  63 11   105
S.R.Waugh     Aus. 160 249  43  10265 200  49.83  30  46 21   123
S.M.Gavaskar  Ind. 125 214  16  10122 236* 51.12  34  45 12    95
G.A.Gooch     Eng. 118 215   6   8900 333  42.58  20  46 13   104
Javed Miandad Pak. 124 189  21   8832 280* 52.57  23  43  6   107
S.R.Tendulkar Ind. 105 169  16   8811 217  57.59  31  35 10    96
I.V.A.Richards WI  121 182  12   8540 291  50.24  24  45 10   112
D.I.Gower     Eng. 117 204  18   8231 215  44.25  18  39  7   112
A.J.Stewart   Eng. 126 225  21   8187 190  40.13  15  43 13   124
G.Boycott     Eng. 108 193  23   8114 246* 47.73  22  42 10   107
B.C.Lara      W.I.  94 165   4   8105 375  50.34  20  40 10    94
G.St.A.Sobers W.I.  93 160  21   8032 365* 57.78  26  30 12    91
M.E.Waugh     Aus. 128 209  17   8029 153* 41.82  20  47 19   126

(Article: Copyright © 2003 Rajesh Kumar)



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