Scoring runs in the toughest format of cricket, Test cricket, has always been challenging as the batsmen have to show restraint along with technique in this format. Although in Test cricket, many cricketers earned their name on the basis of technique and restraint, but the status achieved by Brian Lara of West Indies hardly came in anyone’s luck. This is the reason that when Brian Lara made the record for the highest score in Test cricket playing an innings of 375 runs against a team like England in 1994, no one would have thought that this record would be broken by an Australian batsman after 9 years. Yes, we are talking about former Australian opener Matthew Hayden, who created a sensation on this day in 2003 by destroying Brian Lara’s record of 375 runs.
Matthew Hayden surprised the cricket world by scoring 380 runs in the first Test against Zimbabwe in Perth on 10 October 2003. In this innings, Hayden faced a total of 437 balls and hit 38 fours. Apart from this, 11 sixes also came off his bat. During this innings, Hayden batted for 622 minutes and his strike rate was 86.95. Thanks to this innings of Hayden, Australia was able to make a huge score of 735 runs.
In response to this huge score, Zimbabwe were bundled out for just 239 runs in the first innings, after which the visiting team had to play a follow-on and the team was once again all out for 321 runs. In this way, Australia won this match by a huge margin of innings and 175 runs. Matthew Hayden, who scored 380 runs in this match, was awarded the Man of the Match award.
Matthew Hayden was successful in making the highest score of Test cricket with his innings of 380 runs. However, this record of his did not last long and Brian Lara once again made this big record in his name after playing an innings of 400 runs against England in April 2004.