Brian Lara says he would have been happy to stroll on to the pitch in Adelaide and congratulate David Warner on passing his record innings of 400, had the Australian opener been allowed to pursue it.
Warner surpassed Sir Don Bradman’s innings of 334 and was in good shape to target Matthew Hayden’s Australian benchmark of 380, but his innings was cut short on 335 not out.
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Australian captain Tim Paine instead wanted to seize the opportunity to bowl at Pakistan on the evening of day two, a decision that paid dividends with six wickets.
Despite this Lara, who by coincidence was in Adelaide for the match, told The Daily Telegraph’s Robert Craddock it was a shame Warner hadn’t been given the chance to beat the record.
The West Indian legend likened Warner’s innings to the time he surpassed Sir Garry Sobers’ own record back in 1994.
“It would have been amazing to walk out there. Records are made to be broken. It’s great when they are broken by attacking players. Entertainers,” Lara said.
“It was a great innings. I can see that Australia winning the match was the major thing and the weather was a big factor but I would have loved to have seen Australia go for it.
“Being here I would have loved to see it.”
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Before Lara weighed in on Warner’s titanic innings, a controversy over whether he should have been allowed to bat on had already been brewing.
Some had suggested Warner should have declared to preserve Bradman’s place in history, while others were critical of Tim Paine’s decision to end the innings early.
Speaking on Macquarie Radio, Taylor was firmly in the latter camp, arguing Paine should have let Warner have a crack at breaking the records.
Taylor himself once had the chance to surpass Bradman’s mark, but ended up declaring on 334 as well.
“Records are meant to be broken,” he said.
“I got to 334 with two balls to go on the second night of that game. And I tried to hit them as David did.
“And I would have ended up on 335 because the game is not about individual records. The game is about winning and losing.”