The Spin | Brian Lara’s unbeaten 501, 25 years on, still looks unconquerable

The Trinidadian’s first-class masterpiece for Warwickshire remains the world record innings, despite the game’s evolution

Brian Charles Lara. The middle name is nearly always inserted whenever the great Trinidadian is spoken about in reverential terms and being as this week’s Spin is a look back at his world record first-class score of 501 not out, it feels appropriate to do the same.

At 5.30pm on Thursday, during what will hopefully be a gripping denouement to West Indies v Australia at Trent Bridge, it will be 25 years since Lara stepped to leg and scythed Durham’s John Morris to the cover boundary at Edgbaston, passing the 499 made by Hanif Mohammad in 1959 for a slice of cricketing immortality.

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