Remembers Brian Lara’s 277 at the SCG, 30 years on

At the 1992 World Cup, the West Indies and Australian extravagant costumes outweighed the performances. Windy’s coach Derrick Murray asked Chappell to talk to his star student.


A bemused Chappell has long seen cricket coaches alongside telemarketers and parking inspectors.

Either way, the pair spoke and Chappell advised Lara to do just that. “The only thing I can say is you hit a lot of good shots. But you hit them straight into the field. You have to hit them into the gap. , you’re wasting a lot of energy and, more importantly, you’re wasting a lot of runs.”

Lara made nine ODI 50s in the months since meeting Chappell, and two more successes in the Test arena as the West Indies returned to tour Australia once again.

Healy’s perilous stumps at Gabba – replays showed Australian keeper broke stumps without ball in hand – Shane Warne’s first real masterclass in Melbourne 1-0 It became hostile and frustrating for Lara before becoming Windy’s deficit.

At 2-31, chasing Australia’s first innings 9/503, with SCG wickets providing the home side a rare respite in more than a decade of West India dominance, Lara strode to the crease. rice field.

Brian Lara is on his way to an intimidating 277 at Clayton/Fairfax Media

Thoughts turned to the previously unthinkable – a series loss for the Caribbean side of the champions.

And alongside a resolute 109 by Undersiege skipper Richie Richardson, Lara turned the test and series upside down with a stunning 277.

“I’ve never seen a guy fill the gap so easily,” Border recently told News Corp.

“I started talking to the fielders and saying, ‘Wherever I put it, it’s your choice to move five yards left or five yards right.’ Moved, Brian was Brian and kept hitting through the gaps.”

Running Out: By all accounts, the only way Lara had lost the wicket that day.

Running Out: By all accounts, the only way Lara had lost the wicket that Clayton/Fairfax Media

Thirty-eight boundaries carved, caressed, flared and belted at every Lara, the Australian fielders and bowlers were unfortunately unchanged.

Milestones seemed to fall one after another as Lara moved forward. A leg glimpse from Warne put up his first Test 100, then another from a leg spinner put up a 200.

Only an unnecessary runout by batting partner Karl Hooper put an end to Lara’s dominance. This is a theme that continues in several threads throughout his career.


Whenever the Windys were in their most dire circumstances under Lara’s watch, he entertained the Australian, especially during his heroic performance in the 1999 Test. And when the runs were offered – see world-record tests and first-class scores to his name – Lara took them.

Lara’s innings of 277 are known to be his favorite innings, thus naming his eldest daughter Sydney.

All in all, a “very smart cricketer”.

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