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Lara hits double century in Multan

Brian Lara hit his ninth double hundred before being dismissed for 216 on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 13:51 IST

West Indian captain Brian Lara notched up his ninth double hundred before being dismissed for 216 on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Trinidadian left hander, the leading scorer in Test cricket with 11,904 runs, is behind only Australian great Sir Donald Bradman on the all time list of batsmen who have scored the most double hundreds in Tests.

Bradman who played 52 tests made 12 double hundreds.

Lara has also overtaken Bradman in having the highest number of scores in excess of 150 runs.

The Australian great achieved this feat 18 times, Lara has now done it 19 times.
The elegant batsman also holds the record for the highest Test score (400 not out) and (501) in first class cricket.

Lara who has scored a total of 34 hundreds in 130 matches is the only man to reclaim the world Test batting record when he scored an astonishing unbeaten 400 in the final Test against England in Antigua in 2004.

He had scored 375 against the same team in 1994 to break Sir Garfield Sobers record for highest Test scorer of 365.

Double hundreds by Brian Lara.

277 v Aus at Sydney Jan, 1993
375 v Eng at St Johns Apr, 1994
213 v Aus at Kingston Mar, 1999
221 v SL at Colombo Nov-Dec, 2001
209 v SL at Gros Islet June, 2003
202 v SA at Johannesburg Dec, 2003
400 v Eng at St Johns* Apr, 2004
226 v Aus at Adelaide Nov, 2005
216 v Pak at Multan Nov, 2006

(* = not out)

Top ten scorers of Test double hundreds

Donald Bradman (Aus) 12 (52 tests)
Brian Lara (WI) 9 (130)
Walter Hammond (Eng) 7 (85)
Marvan Atapattu (SL) 6 (88)
Javed Miandad (Pak) 6 (124)
Rahul Dravid (Ind) 5 (104)
Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 4 (62)
Mohammad Yousuf (Pak) 4 (71)
Zaheer Abbas (Pak) 4 (78)
Len Hutton (Eng) 4 (79)