He was preparing to congratulate David Warner: Brian Lara
ADELAIDE: Cricket legend of the West Indies Brian Lara has revealed that he was eager to congratulate David Warner if the Australian broke his highest individual test score record, just as Gary Sobers had done when he accomplished the feat.
Lara broke the record for the highest single score in the Test twice, first when she beat her 365-year-old record by fellow countryman Gary Sobers of 365 by scoring 375 against England in 1994 and then again when she improved her own record to reach 400 in 2004
On Saturday, Warner reached an unbeaten triple century (335) during the second Test against Pakistan and seemed ready to pass the Lara 400 mark before the captain. Tim Paine They declared the tickets.
Lara, who was in Adelaide attending some commercial commitments, said she was preparing to meet Warner.
I hoped they could catch me and take me out (there) and that was one of the reasons I hoped they'd let him go for it, said Lara, quoted by 'News Corp'.
It would have been amazing to walk around (as Sobers did). The records are made to be broken. It's great when they break up attacking players. Animators. While in Adelaide, I would have had the opportunity to leave if it weren't. least meet him at this opportune moment, said Lara.
The 50-year-old former West Indies captain said Warner could still reach the milestone.
I still think Warner may have time to do it in his career. I know it's not a spring chicken, but as soon as you get those 300, you know how to get 400. You may be given another chance.
He is a very attacking player and that is the sort of player who can always set you up for a win. I know you need stabilizers but you also need one or two players like David Warner and Sir Vivian Richards who can take the game with their bats.
In the way of his 335 no, Warner passed Don bradman and Mark Taylor's highest 334 scores to be second behind Matthew Hayden 's 380 as the second highest score of an Australian.
But after passing Sir Donald Bradman I would have loved to see him race towards me. I was getting dressed to come back near the end of his innings. I was listening to commentators say whether he would have a go at Matthew Hayden's 380 but I felt if he got to 381 he would have to have a go at my record, said Lara.
He added that although he understood the captain's decision to declare the tickets, he would have liked Warner to be given a little more time to try to record his name in the history books.
It was a great entrance. I can see that Australia winning the game was the most important and the weather was an important factor, but I would have loved to have seen Australia go for it. Being here I would have loved to see it. Even if they say 'Hi David, you have 12 envelopes, see if you can do it at tea time' it would have been great.