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Lara becomes the first man in Test cricket history to reach 400


ST JOHN'S, Antigua, April 12 - West Indies captain Brian Lara created history when he became the first man to score 400 in a test innings on the third afternoon of the fourth and final match against England on Monday.

Lara, who had earlier passed Matthew Hayden's world record individual test score of 380, swept off spinner Gareth Batty for a single to backward square leg to reach the mark before declaring on 751 for five.

Lara finished on 400 not out, while Ridley Jacobs was unbeaten on 107. England lost Michael Vaughan for seven and Marcus Trescothick for 16 as they limped to 48 for two at tea.

The touring side, however, have already clinched the series after winning the first three games.

Lara was also the holder of the world mark of 375, scored on the same ground against the same opponents in 1994, before it was eclipsed by Australia's Hayden against Zimbabwe last year.

Struggling for form earlier in the series, Lara reached 380 with a straight six off spinner Gareth Batty before sweeping him for four next ball to break the record.

He leapt in the air with delight before being congratulated by England's players as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

The left-hander then kissed the ground before play resumed, having set the record from 546 balls, hitting 42 fours and four sixes.

"It's hard to believe," he told Sky Sports after being a guard of honour by his team mates as he walked off.

"It's a great feeling. It's dampened a bit by the series result but we are going to press for a win."

Hayden had overhauled Lara against Zimbabwe in Perth last October.

Lara, with just 100 runs in six innings before the fourth test, became only the second man after Australia's Donald Bradman to make two test triple centuries when he passed 300 on Sunday.

He hit his 375 in April, 1994 against an attack led by Angus Fraser, Andy Caddick and Chris Lewis and spinner Phil Tufnell.

With West Indies resuming on 595 for five, Lara looked good early on, hitting three boundaries to move into the 330s.

A well-run two through the leg side brought up his 350, coming off 494 balls, but with the record in sight, he began to look a little edgy.

England captain Vaughan brought the field in to tempt Lara to hit over the top and he did just that, smashing him over mid-on to reach 372.


Lara then survived an appeal for a catch behind off Batty, and the nerves were clearly visible as he almost attempted a suicidal single next ball.

After reaching 374, Lara then equalled Hayden's record with a sensational six over long on, before a sweep for four from the next ball gave him the record for a second time, prompting wild celebrations from the packed crowd.

Between times, Jacobs was bowled off a no ball by Vaughan when on 87 but he survived to reach his third test hundred.

On 390 at lunch, Lara reached his 400 with a deft sweep to fine leg, before declaring at the end of the over.

In reply, England lost captain Vaughan to a controversial umpiring decision from Saleem Dar, who gave him out caught by wicketkeeper Jacobs for seven off Pedro Collins.

Replays suggested the ball had not touched anything on its way through to the wicketkeeper.

Tresothick and Mark Butcher (19 not out) steadied the ship but the out-of-form Trescothick fell just before tea, caught by Jacobs for 16 as he slashed wildly at a short delivery from Tino Best.