It is the ultimate in cricket - to score a Test innings
of 300. And Brian Lara has now pushed that on to 400.
In the long history of the game only 17 batsmen have
become triple centurions, beginning with Surrey’s
Andrew Sandham in the West Indies in 1930 and culminating
in Lara’s astonishing feat in 2004.
The story of these epic innings has never been gathered
into a book before – and some of the innings
are barely known. It makes them even more fascinating
because each innings became immortal as well as rare.
Christopher Hilton, who has been a cricket lover all
his life, worked as a sports journalist on the Daily
Express and is now a successful author. He re-creates
each innings in great depth, setting them into their
context and letting all the intrinsic drama unfold
using original source material, much of which has
lain unseen for decades.
Here, striding to the crease again are the great ones:
Wally Hammond, Don Bradman – only he and Lara
have ever scored 300 twice – through Len Hutton
and Garfield Sobers all the way to Matthew Hayden
and Virender Sehwag in our own time.
The book has a full scorecard of each innings and
is lavishly illustrated.