Brian Lara
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Personal information
Full name Brian Charles Lara
Born May 2 1969 (1969-05-02) (age 51)
Santa Cruz, Trinidad
Nickname Prince
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg-break
Role Higher middle order batsman
International information
National side West Indies
Test debut (cap 196) 6 December 1990 v Pakistan
Last Test 27 November 2006 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 59) 9 November 1990 v Pakistan
Last ODI 21 April 2007 v England
ODI shirt no. 9
Domestic team information
Years Team
1987–2008 Trinidad and Tobago
1992–1993 Transvaal
1994–1998 Warwickshire
2010 Southern Rocks
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 131 299 261 429
Runs scored 11,953 10,405 22,156 14,602
Batting average 52.88 40.48 51.88 39.67
100s/50s 34/48 19/63 65/88 27/86
Top score 400* 169 501* 169
Balls bowled 60 49 514 130
Wickets 4 4 5
Bowling average 15.25 104.00 29.80
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/5 1/1 2/5
Catches/stumpings 164/– 120/– 320/– 177/–
Source: cricinfo.com, 4 February 2012

Brian Charles Lara, TC, OCC, AM (born 2 May 1969) is a Trinidadian former international cricketer, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He topped the Test batting rankings on several occasions and holds several cricketing records, including the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, which is the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history. Lara also holds the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004. Lara also shares the test record of scoring the highest number of runs in a single over in a Test match, when he scored 28 runs off an over by Robin Peterson of South Africa in 2003 (matched in 2013 by Australia's George Bailey).

Lara's match-winning performance of 153 not out against Australia in Bridgetown, Barbados in 1999 has been rated by Wisden as the second best batting performance in the history of Test cricket, next only to the 270 runs scored by Sir Donald Bradman in The Ashes Test match of 1937. Muttiah Muralitharan, rated as the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, and the highest wicket-taker in both Test cricket and in One Day Internationals (ODIs), has hailed Lara as his toughest opponent among all batsmen in the world. Lara was awarded the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World awards in 1994 and 1995 and is also one of only three cricketers to receive the prestigious BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, the other two being Sir Garfield Sobers and Shane Warne.

Brian Lara was appointed honorary member of the Order of Australia on 27 November 2009. On 14 September 2012 he was inducted to the ICC's Hall of Fame at the awards ceremony held in Colombo, Sri Lanka as a 2012–13 season inductee along with Australians Glenn McGrath and former England women all-rounder Enid Bakewell. In 2013, Lara received Honorary Life Membership of the MCC becoming the 31st West Indian to receive the honor.

Brian Lara is popularly nicknamed as "The Prince of Port of Spain" or simply "The Prince". He has the dubious distinction of playing in the second highest number of test matches (63) in which his team was on the losing side, just behind Shivnarine Chanderpaul (68).

Personal life

Lara is the father of a daughter called Sydney (born 1996) whom he fathered with Trinidadian journalist and model Leasel Rovedas. Sydney was named as a tribute to one of Lara’s favourite grounds, the Sydney Cricket Ground, where Lara scored his first Test century- the highly acclaimed 277 in the 1992–93 season. In late 2010, Lara and Rovedas welcomed another daughter, Tyla.

Lara has dated former Durham County Cricket Club receptionist and British lingerie model Lynnsey Ward.

His father died in 1989 of a heart attack and his mother died in 2002 of cancer.

In 2009, Lara was made an honorary Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to West Indian and Australian cricket.

The Brian Lara Stadium opened in 2017 was named in his honour in Trinidad and Tobago.

External links

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Batsmen with a Test batting average above 50 vte
Australia Donald Bradman (99.94) • Greg Chappell (53.86) • Michael Clarke (52.96) • Ricky Ponting (51.85) • Jack Ryder (51.62) • Michael Hussey (51.52) • Steve Waugh (51.06) • Matthew Hayden (50.73) • Allan Border (50.56)
England Herbert Sutcliffe (60.73) • Eddie Paynter (59.23) • Ken Barrington (58.67) • Wally Hammond (58.45) • Jack Hobbs (56.94) • Len Hutton (56.67) • Ernest Tyldesley (55.00) • Denis Compton (50.06)
India Vinod Kambli (54.20) • Virat Kohli (53.76) • Sachin Tendulkar (53.78) • Rahul Dravid (52.31) • Cheteshwar Pujara (51.19) • Sunil Gavaskar (51.12)
New Zealand Kane Williamson (53.38)
Pakistan Javed Miandad (52.57) • Mohammad Yousuf (52.29) • Younus Khan (52.05)
South Africa Graeme Pollock (60.97) • Jacques Kallis (55.37) • Dudley Nourse (53.81) • AB de Villiers (50.66)
Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara (57.40)
West Indies * George Headley (60.83) • Everton Weekes (58.61) • Garfield Sobers (57.78) • Clyde Walcott (56.68) • Charlie Davis (54.20) • Brian Lara (52.88) • Shivnarine Chanderpaul (51.37) • Viv Richards (50.23)
Zimbabwe Andy Flower (51.54)


Batsmen with a ODI batting average above 40 vte
Australia George Bailey (40.58) • Michael Bevan (53.58) • Michael Hussey (48.15) • Adam Voges (45.78) • Michael Clarke (44.58) • Dean Jones (44.61) • Matthew Hayden (43.80) • Ricky Ponting (42.03) • Shane Watson (40.54) • Callum Ferguson (41.43) • Damien Martyn (40.80) • Greg Chappell (40.18)
Bangladesh
England Jonathan Trott (51.25) • Kevin Pietersen (40.73) • Nick Knight (40.41) • Chris Broad (40.02)
India Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50.57) • Virat Kohli (59.70) • Shikhar Dhawan (44.90) • Sachin Tendulkar (44.83) • Sourav Ganguly (41.02)
New Zealand Glenn Turner (47.00)
Pakistan Zaheer Abbas (47.62) • Misbah-ul-Haq (43.40) • Mohammad Yousuf (41.71) • Javed Miandad (41.70)
South Africa Hashim Amla (49.46) • AB de Villiers (53.50) • Jacques Kallis (44.36) • Boeta Dippenaar (42.23) • Lance Klusener (41.10) • Gary Kirsten (40.95)
West Indies Viv Richards (47.00) • Gordon Greenidge (45.03) • Ramnaresh Sarwan (42.67) • Shivnarine Chanderpaul (41.60) • Desmond Haynes (41.37) • Brian Lara (40.48)
The Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate (67.00)

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Batsmen with a Test batting average above 50 vte
Australia Donald Bradman (99.94) • Greg Chappell (53.86) • Michael Clarke (52.96) • Ricky Ponting (51.85) • Jack Ryder (51.62) • Michael Hussey (51.52) • Steve Waugh (51.06) • Matthew Hayden (50.73) • Allan Border (50.56)
England Herbert Sutcliffe (60.73) • Eddie Paynter (59.23) • Ken Barrington (58.67) • Wally Hammond (58.45) • Jack Hobbs (56.94) • Len Hutton (56.67) • Ernest Tyldesley (55.00) • Denis Compton (50.06)
India Vinod Kambli (54.20) • Virat Kohli (53.76) • Sachin Tendulkar (53.78) • Rahul Dravid (52.31) • Cheteshwar Pujara (51.19) • Sunil Gavaskar (51.12)
New Zealand Kane Williamson (53.38)
Pakistan Javed Miandad (52.57) • Mohammad Yousuf (52.29) • Younus Khan (52.05)
South Africa Graeme Pollock (60.97) • Jacques Kallis (55.37) • Dudley Nourse (53.81) • AB de Villiers (50.66)
Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara (57.40)
West Indies * George Headley (60.83) • Everton Weekes (58.61) • Garfield Sobers (57.78) • Clyde Walcott (56.68) • Charlie Davis (54.20) • Brian Lara (52.88) • Shivnarine Chanderpaul (51.37) • Viv Richards (50.23)
Zimbabwe Andy Flower (51.54)


Batsmen with a ODI batting average above 40 vte
Australia George Bailey (40.58) • Michael Bevan (53.58) • Michael Hussey (48.15) • Adam Voges (45.78) • Michael Clarke (44.58) • Dean Jones (44.61) • Matthew Hayden (43.80) • Ricky Ponting (42.03) • Shane Watson (40.54) • Callum Ferguson (41.43) • Damien Martyn (40.80) • Greg Chappell (40.18)
Bangladesh
England Jonathan Trott (51.25) • Kevin Pietersen (40.73) • Nick Knight (40.41) • Chris Broad (40.02)
India Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50.57) • Virat Kohli (59.70) • Shikhar Dhawan (44.90) • Sachin Tendulkar (44.83) • Sourav Ganguly (41.02)
New Zealand Glenn Turner (47.00)
Pakistan Zaheer Abbas (47.62) • Misbah-ul-Haq (43.40) • Mohammad Yousuf (41.71) • Javed Miandad (41.70)
South Africa Hashim Amla (49.46) • AB de Villiers (53.50) • Jacques Kallis (44.36) • Boeta Dippenaar (42.23) • Lance Klusener (41.10) • Gary Kirsten (40.95)
West Indies Viv Richards (47.00) • Gordon Greenidge (45.03) • Ramnaresh Sarwan (42.67) • Shivnarine Chanderpaul (41.60) • Desmond Haynes (41.37) • Brian Lara (40.48)
The Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate (67.00)
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