Arise Sir Brian

Well it’s not really a push for Brian Lara to be knighted. But as Ashes fever builds to a crescendo, Lara has managed to further enhance his reputation as a batting genius. He has peeled off a century against Pakistan in just 77 balls. Just when you thought Lara’s fire was quietly dying, he has reignited with back-to-back hundreds. In the 1st Test he fought a doomed but resolute rearguard (122 from 215 balls). Today’s effort is the 9th fastest Test century (measured in balls faced).

Lara already holds a place in the top 20 with an 82 ball hundred against the Aussies in 1999. His innings today also featured the third highest amount of runs in a single Test over. He hit 26 from Danesh Kaneria (4-0-6-6-6-4). Lara already holds the record with 28 in 2003 against South Africa.

What more can the man do except be the first man past 12,000 Test runs? He needs just 186 more runs to do that.

One more sleep.

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