6 months since Hayden's hurricane against Zimbabweans, at same Venue (Recreation ground in Antigua) and against same opposition (England), Brain Lara snatched back his phenomenal record, scoring the first and only 400 in test match cricket till today.
Drawback : Not that Brain Lara's record can't be broken today, but modern day batters have lost the patience with loads of ODI & T20 cricket played around the world and also the teams have become more result oriented than in Lara's days whose best test match score didn't fetch a win for his team (England earned a draw!).
Capables : Virendra Sehwag of India and Chris Gayle of West Indies who like to play their shots when most batsman like to defend in test cricket.
Note : Double centuries may won a batsman a test match for his country, but not a place in elite list below, which comprises only 300s.
Note : There have been 10 countries to play test cricket. Highest scores by batsman from West Indies, Australia, Sri Lanka, England, Pakistan, New Zealand and India feature in list below. Now among remaining teams, highest test match score by a Zimbabwe batsman is by David Houghton = 266 against Sri Lanka at Bulawayo in October 1994 while top test score by a Bangladesh batsman is 200* by Mushfiqur Rahim against Sri Lanka at Galle in March 2013, the only double century from the nation.
|Highest Individual scores by a batsman in test matches|
|Brian Lara (West Indies)||400*||582||43||4||England||Apr 2004|
|Mathew Hayden (Australia)||380||437||38||11||Zimbabwe||Oct 2003|
|Brian Lara (West Indies)||375||538||45||0||England||Apr 1994|
|Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)||374||572||43||1||South Africa||Jul 2006|
|Gary Sobers (West Indies)||365*||---||38||0||Pakistan||Feb 1958|
|Len Hutton (England)||364||847||35||0||Australia||Aug 1938|
|Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)||340||578||36||2||India||Aug 1997|
|Hanif Mohammad (Pakistan)||337||---||24||0||West Indies||Jan 1958|
|Wally Hammond (England)||336*||---||34||10||New Zealand||Mar 1933|
|Mark Taylor (Australia)||334*||564||32||1||Pakistan||Oct 1998|
|Don Bradman (Australia)||334||448||46||0||England||Jul 1930|
|Chris Gayle (West Indies)||333||437||34||9||Sri Lanka||Nov 2010|
|Graham Gooch (England)||333||485||43||3||India||Jul 1990|
|Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan)||329||436||38||9||New Zealand||May 2002|
|Michael Clarke (Australia)||329*||468||39||1||India||Jan 2012|
|Adam Sandham (England)||325||640||28||0||West Indies||Apr 1930|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||319||304||42||5||South Africa||Mar 2008|
|Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)||319||482||32||8||Bangladesh||Feb 2014|
|Chris Gayle (West Indies)||317||483||37||3||South Africa||Apr 2005|
|Younus Khan (Pakistan)||313||568||27||4||Sri Lanka||Feb 2009|
|Bob Simpson (Australia)||311||740||23||1||England||Jul 1964|
|Hashim Amla (South Africa)||311*||529||35||0||England||Jul 2012|
|John Edrich (England)||310*||450||52||5||New Zealand||Jul 1965|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||309||375||39||6||Pakistan||Mar 2004|
|Bob Cooper (Australia)||307||589||20||1||England||Feb 1966|
|Don Bradman (Australia)||304||473||43||2||England||Jul 1934|
|Lawrence Rowe (West Indies)||302||430||36||1||England||Mar 1974|
|Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)||302||559||32||4||India||Feb 2014|
|Don Bradman (Australia)||299*||---||23||0||South Africa||Jan 1932|
|Martin Crowe (New Zealand)||299||523||29||3||Sri Lanka||Jan 1991|
Record Holders :
Highest test score was first owned by CG Bannerman who made 165 in that first ever test match between England and Australia in year 1877. Then, WL Murdoch of Australia broke the record in 1884 with his 211 and in process became the first batsman to score a double century in test cricket. Robert Foster took away the record with his 287 against Australia in 1903, before it was broken by A Sandham's first ever triple century = 325. WR Hammond, L Hutton and Gary Sobers held the record for highest test match score before Brain Lara broke Gary Sober's 36 years old record in 1994 with his 375 before making 400, taking record back from Mathew Hayden who held it for just 6 months!