Tuesday 10 July 2012 

Brian Lara

Brian Lara had only two seasons at Edgbaston and in the first, 1994, the diminutive West Indian left hander produced some of the most sensational batting seen in world cricket.

In Championship cricket during this season Lara averaged 89.82, scored 2066 runs, with 9 centuries, and reached a stupendous peak against Durham with a record first-class score of 501 not out.

Since Lara also held the world Test record, 375, the rest of his career has inevitably been something of an anti-climax, yet nothing and no-one can remove his almost miraculous twin-peaks.