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Langer Overtakes Bradman's Record

JUSTIN Langer became the highest-scoring Australian in first-class cricket yesterday when he overtook the great Don Bradman.

The gritty left-hander passed Bradman's record of 28,067 runs during an innings of 107 for English county Somerset at Worcestershire.

The 38-year-old former test opener, unbeaten on 89 overnight, needed six runs to pass Bradman's career total and reached the new mark with a boundary off countryman Matt Mason. Mason finally got him out for 107, meaning the new record is 28,080.

In his 18th year, the former Western Australia opener reached the milestone in his 615th innings. Bradman, considered the greatest batsman of all time, made his in 338 between 1927 and 1949.

Langer retired from international cricket after helping Australia crush England 5-0 in the 2006-07 Ashes series.

He made 7,696 runs in 105 tests, averaging 45.27 and making 23 centuries, and formed a prolific opening partnership with Matthew Hayden.

"It is very fitting that a man of Justin's caliber takes this honor because when you break a record of one of the greatest individuals, that being Sir Donald Bradman, it has to be by a person of quality," Hayden told Australian Associated Press.


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