Thursday, July 23, 2009

Langer breaks Bradman runs record

Justin Langer
Langer has a very special record behind him

Justin Langer has become the highest-scoring Australian batsman.

The Somerset captain broke the record for first-class runs at Worcester when he overhauled Sir Donald Bradman's career total of 28,067 runs.

Langer, 38, took 20 minutes to score the six runs he needed - having resumed on 89 on the third morning of the rain-hit match against Worcestershire.

He went past the milestone with a cover-drive for four off Matt Mason from the ninth ball he faced.

Langer, now in his 18th year in first-class cricket since making his debut for Western Australia, reached the milestone in his 615th innings compared to only 338 by the great Bradman.

After an earlier spell in county cricket with Middlesex, Langer made his debut for Somerset in 2006 and became captain the following season. Born in Perth, he also captained Western Australia up to the 2006-07 season.

Langer's first-class haul includes the 7,696 runs he scored in 105 Tests, many of which came in a productive opening partnership for Australia with his friend Matthew Hayden.

Since scoring a century against Tasmania in his last match for Western Australia in March 2008, he has played exclusively for Somerset.

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