Shai has lofty ‘Hopes’ of getting past Lara’s 400 not out

By August 16, 2018
Shai Hope on the go. Shai Hope on the go.

When Brian Lara walked out at number three in the fourth Test of a series in the Caribbean against England, nobody could have foreseen that he would be batting 582 deliveries later, breaking the Matthew Hayden record of 380. 

Hayden had broken Lara’s 375 earlier that year, and the great batsman probably wasn’t expected to find himself in a position to reset the natural order of things again.

Forty-three boundaries later, history was again re-written. Nobody has come close to his exploits in St John’s, Antigua that day, even after 14 years of faster-paced Test cricket, a natural result of Twenty20’s rise.

Now, there’s a player, who is eyeing that total.

Shai Hope has shown he can bat for long periods, his immortal innings against England in England, a clear sign of his prodigious talent.

Despite that talent, it is quite possible that maybe, nobody would pick him as the man to get close to a mark the entire Windies line-up have struggled to surpass with a combined effort.

“I’d like to break Brian Lara’s 400 record in Test match cricket. It’s going to be a tough ask but one day hopefully I will get over the line,” said Hope.

Hope has cast a woeful figure in his last five Tests, scoring 67 and 44 most prominently. However, there are signs that he is coming back to life after playing in his first T20 game for the Barbados Tridents, where he scored 88 in a win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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