Story By Shane Dell 10/10/03
Moments ago, Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden broke the world batting record by an individual with a score of 376 runs not out when facing the last ball before tea on day two of the Australia v Zimbabwe Test at the WACA Ground in Perth. Hayden who has batted for 616 minutes and faced 434 balls including 37 four’s and 11 sixes in his world record knock, blasted the Zimbabwe bowlers into oblivion on his way to writing his name into the Test cricket batting record books.
In addition, Hayden became the highest scoring Australian batsmen when he surpassed both Don Bradman and Mark Taylor who scored 334 runs and 334 not out respectively. He joins an elite group of batsmen who have previously held the title of the highest individual innings.
Brian Lara the previous record holder, scored a massive 375 runs against England in 1994 when he surpassed the previous record held by fellow West Indian batsmen Garfield Sobers who made 365 not out against Pakistan in 1958.
Hayden who remains not out on 376 runs not out at the tea break, looks as fresh as he did when he strode to the crease yesterday and the only question remaining is how far captain Steve Waugh will let him bat on now the record is his.
Hayden was dismissed moments ago from his first ball faced after the tea break for 380 runs, when he was caught by Carlisle off the bowling of Gripper, leading to Aussie captain Steve Waugh declaring the Australian innings closed at 6/735 dec and putting Zimbabwe in to bat for the remainder of the final session of play.