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Langer plays down beating Bradman record

The 38-year-old Somerset captain went past Bradman's total of 28,067 runs.

July 24, 2009, 9:59 AM IST
Langer plays down beating Bradman record

London: Justin Langer shrugged off surpassing Don Bradman as Australia's highest scoring batsman in first-class cricket on Thursday. The 38-year-old Somerset captain went past Bradman's total of 28,067 runs.

He made 107 - his 86th first-class century and 100th hundred in all competitions - in his side's 428 for six against Worcestershire in the English county championship on Thursday.

The New Road venue was the ground where Bradman scored three double centuries - 236 in 1930, 206 in 1934 and 258 in 1938 - and then signed off with 107 on his final visit in 1948.

Langer, who has now scored 28,080 runs, said: "I'm thrilled to beat the record. "Not so much to go past him because Bradman is in a league of his own. But just scoring this many runs is a tribute to having played for such a long time and having worked so hard to score lots of runs."

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