Well done, Hayden

MOHANDAS MENON

AUSTRALIAN opener Matthew (Matt) Lawrence Hayden, now has the distinction of registering the highest ever individual Test score, an astounding 380 against the hapless Zimbabweans at Perth on October 10, 2003. During the course of this phenomenal knock he surpassed many Test, first-class and personal records. Listed below in chronological order are the records he bettered.

On 70* his previous highest Test score at Perth (69 v West Indies, December 2000).

On 152* the previous highest Test score by an Australian against Zimbabwe (151* by Steve Waugh at Harare, October 1999).

On 198* his previous highest Test score at home (197 v England at Brisbane, November 2002).

On 204* his previous highest Test score (203 v India at Chennai, March 2001).

On 220* the previous highest score by any Test batsman (and also opener) at Perth (219 by Australian Michael Slater v Sri Lanka, December 1995).

On 235* his previous highest first-class score in Australia (234 for Queensland v Tasmania at Brisbane, January 1996).

On 236* his previous highest first-class score (235* for Hampshire v Warwickshire at Southampton, May 1997).

Australian batsman Matthew Hayden (middle) is congratulated by team-mates after he registered the highest individual score of all time, during the first Test against Zimbabwe at the WACA ground in Perth. Hayden surpassed West Indian Brian Lara's 375 and was eventually out on 380. -- Pic. AFP-

On 258* the previous highest score by any Test batsman against Zimbabwe (257* by Pakistani Wasim Akram at Sheikhupura, October 1996).

On 308* the previous highest score by any Test batsman (and also left-hander) in Australia (307 by Australian Bob Cowper v England at Melbourne, February 1966).

On 311* the previous highest Test score by any left handed batsman while batting at number two (310* by Englishman John Edrich v New Zealand at Leeds, July 1965).

On 326* the previous highest Test score by an opener while batting at number two (325 by Englishman Andy Sandham v West Indies at Kingston, April 1930).

On 335* the previous highest score by an Australian in Tests (334* by Mark Taylor v Pakistan at Peshawar, October 1998 and 334 by Don Bradman v England at Leeds, July 1930).

On 335* the previous highest score by an Australian opener in Tests (334* by Mark Taylor v Pakistan at Peshawar, October 1998).

On 335* the previous highest Test score by any batsman in the month of October (334* by Mark Taylor v Pakistan at Peshawar).

On 341* the previous highest score by a left-handed Test opener (340 by Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya at Colombo (RPS), August 1997).

On 357* the previous highest first-class score at Perth (356 by South Australian Barry Richards v Western Australia, November 1970).

On 365* the previous highest score by any Test opener (364 by Englishman Len Hutton v Australia at the Oval, August 1938).

On 366* the previous highest first-class score by an Australian left-hander (365* Clem Hill for South Australia v New South Wales at Adelaide, December 1900).

On 366* the previous highest score made by any Test batsman for a winning side (365* by West Indian Gary Sobers v Pakistan at Kingston, March 1958).

On 376* the previous highest score by any batsman in Test history (375 by West Indian Brian Lara against England at St John's, April 1994).