Langer surpasses Bradman record

LONDON: Somerset’s Justin Langer became the highest-scoring Australian batsman in first-class cricket when he overhauled Sir Donald Bradman’s career total of 28,067 runs today.

The 38-year-old former Australian Test opener took 20 minutes to score the six runs he needed having resumed with 89 to his name on the third day of County Championship match at Worcestershire. He went past the milestone with a cover drive for four off Matt Mason.

Langer, in his 18th year in first-class cricket since making his debut for Western Australia, reached the milestone in his 615th innings compared to only 338 by the great Bradman. After an earlier spell in county cricket with Middlesex, Langer made his debut for Somerset in 2006 and became captain in the following season.