One of the finest innings ever witnessed in the history of game by one of the brutal opener. Australia’s Matthew Hayden became a one-man battery ram, smoking the Zimbabwean bowlers all over the park at Perth during the 1st Test of the series. The burly opener scored 380 in that Test against Zimbabwe on October 10, 2003, which back then was the highest individual score in international cricket. He broke the record of another legendary left-hander Brian Lara, who had scored 375 against England at the Antigua Recreation Ground back in 1994.
Hayden starting the second day’s play already unbeaten on 183, did not have his appetite satiated and resumed from where he left off in the previous day. On a batting beauty deck at Perth in WACA, Hayden showed no mercy to the Zimbabwe bowlers as he etched his name in the history books, albeit for a brief period of time. He was supported by his partner-in-crime Adam Gilchrist, who provided him with able support scoring a blistering 84-ball century himself. All-in-all, Hayden spent 10 hours on the crease getting out at 380 with 38 fours and 11 sixes in the innings, with the crowds worldwide firmly on their feet.
Such was the brilliance of the innings, that Brian Lara, whose record Hayden had broken personally called him up to congratulate him on his magnificent achievement. This only determined Lara more though, to take his record back. Six months later, Lara would again break the record for the highest individual score, becoming the first man to score 400* in Test cricket. Coincidentally, the record was made against the same opposition England, at the same ground at Antigua Recreation Ground on April 12, 2004.