Brian Lara’s 400 and 375 are not his highest impact Test innings.

His 213 and 153 not out in back-to-back Tests against Australia in 1999 are.

At Kingston, Jamaica, in the 2nd Test, Lara made 213 out of his team’s 431 (after West Indies were 17-3 at one stage) in reply to Australia’s 256 who were further dismissed for 177 to give West Indies a 10-wicket win. And enable them to draw 1-1 in the series.

At Bridgetown, Jamaica, in the 3rd Test, during a fourth innings chase of 308, West Indies were 105-5 at one stage and 248-8 at what seemed like the final stage. But an all-time classic unbeaten 153 from Lara (who had made 8 in the first innings) took West Indies to a 1-wicket win. And his side to a 2-1 lead.

Australia drew level in the next Test in a series where not having a 5th Test was perhaps felt more keenly than any other.



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NOTE: This piece is up-to-date as of August 2016