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Langer betters Don, becomes Australia’s best

cricket Updated: Jul 23, 2009 23:45 IST

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First class records
Don Bradman
(1926-27 to 1948-49).
First Class cricket
Important teams: Australia, NSW, Australians XI, DG Bradman’s XI, AR Morris' XI
234 Match, 338 Innings, 43 Not out, 28.067 runs, 452* Hs, 95.14 Avg., 117x100, 69x50, 131 catch. 1 Stump.
Justine Langer
(1985-86 to date)
Important teams: Australia, Western Australia, Middlesex, Somerset,
n 354 Match, 615 Innings, 57 Not out, 28080 runs, 342* Hs, 50.32 Avg., 86x100, 107x50, 318.
Somerset’s Justin Langer became the highest-scoring Australian batsman in first-class cricket when he overhauled Sir Donald Bradman’s career total of 28,067 runs on Thursday.

The 38-year-old took 20 minutes to score the six runs he needed having resumed with 89 to his name on the third day of the rain-delayed County Championship match at Worcestershire. Langer eventually fell on 107.

He went past the milestone with a cover drive for four off fellow Australian Matt Mason from the ninth ball he faced.
The prolific opener, now in his 18th year in first-class cricket since making his debut for Western Australia, reached the milestone in his 615th innings compared to only 338 by the great Bradman.

After an earlier spell in county cricket with Middlesex, Langer made his debut for Somerset in 2006 and became captain in the following season.

Born in Perth, he also captained Western Australia up to the 2006-07 season.

Since scoring a century against Tasmania in his last match for Western Australia in March 2008, the former Australian Test opener has played exclusively for Somerset.