Brian Lara will always be among the top players to ever play the longest format of the game. The West Indies produced many legends in the game, and Lara will certainly be among the top. He is the only player in history with a 400 in a test inning. Lara made his test debut in December 1990 against Pakistan.
Overall, the left-hander played 131 tests in his career and scored 11953 runs at an average of 52.88 and a best of 400 not out. He also scored 34 centuries and 48 half-centuries. Lara scored nine double centuries in his test career, which is the third-most by any batter. This article will include all his double centuries in brief.
Brian Lara Double Century List in Test Cricket
|277||Australia||Sydney||2 January 1993|
|375||England||St. John’s||16 April 1994|
|213||Australia||Kingston||13 March 1999|
|221||Sri Lanka||Colombo||29 November 2001|
|209||Sri Lanka||Gros Islet||20 June 2003|
|202||South Africa||Johannesburg||12 December 2003|
|400*||England||St. John’s||10 April 2004|
|223||Australia||Adelaide||25 November 2005|
|216||Pakistan||Multan||19 November 2006|
1. Brian Lara – 277 vs Australia in 1933
Lara scored his first test century in January 1993 against Australia in Sydney, which turned into a double century. Australia made 503/9d and 117/0, and the West Indies replied with 277 with 38 fours. The game ended in a draw.
2. Brian Lara – 375 vs England in 1994
The second double century for the West Indian legend came against England in April 1994 at home. In fact, he made it more grand as he went on to score the highest individual score. Batting first, West Indies declared at 593/5, with Lara scoring a mammoth 375 with 45 boundaries. It was the highest score by a batter at the time. England made 593 in reply. West Indies were at 43/0 when the game ended in a draw.
3. Brian Lara – 213 vs Australia in 1999
It took Lara five years to score his third double century. He did it against Australia in March 1999 in Kingston. Australia made 256 and 177 in two innings, while West Indies made 431, with Lara scoring 213 with 29 fours and three sixes. West Indies for a target of just three runs and won by 10 wickets.
4. Brian Lara – 221 vs Sri Lanka in 2001
The fourth double century for Lara came in November 2001 against Sri Lanka in Colombo. West Indies scored 390 runs in the first inning, with Lara scoring 221 of those. Sri Lanka declared their inning at 627/9 with a lead of 237 runs. In the second inning, West Indies made 262 and set a 26-run target, and Sri Lanka won that game by 10 wickets.
5. Brian Lara – 209 vs Sri Lanka in 2003
The fifth double century for the West Indian legend came in June 2003 at Gros Islet against Sri Lanka. It came in a drawn game. Sri Lanka scored 354 and 126/0 in two innings, while West Indies batted once and made 477/9 declared. Lara scored 209 runs, with 24 fours and one six.
6. Brian Lara – 202 vs South Africa in 2003
Lara scored his sixth double hundred against South Africa in December 2003 in Johannesburg. It was a losing cause. South Africa made 561 and 226/6 declared while the West Indies made 410 and 188. South Africa won that game by 189 runs.
7. Brian Lara – 400 not out vs England in 2004
Matthew Hayden broke Lara’s 375-run record in 2003 and made 380. But it took Lara just six months to clinch his record with an epic inning. He went on to become the first player to score 400 in a test. Lara made it against England in April 2004. West Indies declared at 751/5, and Lara scored an unbeaten 400 with 43 fours and four sixes. England made 285 and 422/5, and the game ended in a draw.
8. Brian Lara – 226 vs Australia in 2005
The eighth double century for the former West Indian captain came in November 2005 against Australia at the Adelaide Oval. It was a losing cause. West Indies made 405 and 204, while Australia made 428 and 182/3 and won by seven wickets. Lara made 226 in the first inning with 22 fours.
9. Brian Lara – 216 vs Pakistan in 2006
Lara scored his last double century in November 2006 against Pakistan in Multan. Pakistan made 357 runs, and West Indies replied with 591 runs. Lara made 216, and with 22 fours and seven sixes, and took a lead of 234. Pakistan was 461-7 when the game ended in a draw.