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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

First to 400!
Amidst all the excitement over Mickelson's Masters victory on Sunday, Brian Lara's phenomenal performance was overlooked.
West Indies captain Brian Lara became the first man to score 400 in a Test innings as the home side took a stranglehold on the third day of the fourth and final match against England in Antigua.

Lara, who had earlier passed Matthew Hayden's world record individual Test score of 380, swept English off spinner Gareth Batty for a single to backward square leg to reach 400, then declared at the end of the over on 5 for 751.

A tired-looking England side then stumbled to 5 for 171 at the close of play, still 381 runs short of the follow-on target.
Lara had resumed "on 313 not out on day three of the fourth and final Test against England," having become "only the second man (after Sir Donald Bradman) to score two Test triple centuries." Celebration over his stunning feat was dimmed by England's victory in the series.

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