New Zealand legend Sutcliffe is no more

Published: Friday, April 20, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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runs on a 1949 tour of England. At the time only Australian great Don Bradman had topped that total.

In 1952 he played his most incredible innings, 385 for Otago against Canterbury at Lancaster Park. The rest of his side scored just 86 and the next highest score was 29.

That 385 remained a world record by a left-hander for more than 40 years until West Indian Brian Lara scored 501.

"It was almost a ridiculous situation," Sutcliffe later recalled. "I was going well, so Lankford Smith, our captain, instructed all our other batsmen to feed me the strike.

"We had batsmen who were capable of scoring runs, but on Lankford's instructions, they gave me nearly all the bowling. I was in good form and just kept going."

Copyright AFP 2001


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