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Lara would've loved to see Warner break his record

Lara would've loved to see Warner break his record Photo: TT
Australia's batsman David Warner celebrates reaching his triple century (300 runs) during the day two of the second cricket Test match between Australia and Pakistan in Adelaide

West Indian batting great Brian Lara says he would’ve loved Australia to have allowed David Warner to try break his world record for the highest individual Test match score.

Warner finished on 335* when Australia captain Tim Paine declared the innings at 3-589 on day two of the Second Test against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval.

The Australian opener surpassed Sir Donald Bradman and Mark Taylor’s famous mark of 334, to enter into the top 10 all-time Test match scores.

However, the declaration denied Warner the opportunity to chase Lara’s famous score of 400 against England in 2004.

“Records are made to be broken,” Lara said.

“It’s great when they are broken by attacking players and entertainers.

“It was a great innings. I can see that Australia winning the match was the major thing and the weather was a big factor but I would have loved to have seen Australia go for it.

“Being here (in Adelaide) I would have loved to see it.”

The declaration splits opinions in Australia, particularly in the context of Warner’s divisive public figure in light of the 2018 ball tampering scandal which saw him banned for 12 months.

Warner’s road to redemption hasn’t been smooth, after a stunning 2019 World Cup, he failed at the 2019 Ashes with only 95 runs from 10 innings, before a remarkable home Test series against Pakistan.

The aggressive left-handed batsman finished as Player of the Series with 489 runs from three innings.

Australia is next in action in a three-Test series against New Zealand starting in Perth on Thursday 12 December.

Ben somerford
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@bensomerford Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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