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Amla joins elite club of triple centurians
10:56am Monday 23rd July 2012 in Sport
Hashim Amla became South Africa's first Test triple-centurion with an innings of 311 not out against England at the Kia Oval, the 26th Test score over 300 by 22 different batsmen.
Here, Press Association Sport's Tom White reflects on some of the most memorable.
Andy Sandham (England), 325 v West Indies, Sabina Park, April 3-4, 1930 The "Timeless Test" in Jamaica saw Sandham bat from the first over until early on the third day of seven, reaching the first Test triple-hundred late on day two. His 640-ball contribution contained 27 fours, a seven and a five and underpinned England's first-innings 849. The match was eventually drawn 'by agreement' to allow the tourists to catch their boat home.
Don Bradman (Australia), 334 v England, Headingley, July 11, 1930 Sandham's total was soon surpassed by the great Don Bradman, who reached 300 within the first day of the third Ashes Test. He ultimately made 334, in 448 balls and featuring 46 boundaries, of the tourists' 566 but England held on to draw the four-day game. Bradman repeated the feat back in Leeds in 1934.
Wally Hammond (England), 336no v New Zealand, Eden Park, March 31-April 1, 1933 Hammond's innings is the only triple hundred scored faster than a run a minute, though the number of deliveries is not recorded. He hit 10 sixes, including three in successive balls, to accompany his 34 fours in a 318-minute onslaught against a weak Kiwi attack but the three-day match was drawn.
Sir Garfield Sobers (West Indies), 365no v Pakistan, Kingston, Feb 27-Mar 1, 1958 In an innings spanning three of the match's six days, Sobers put together a Test record which would stand until 1994 when countryman Brian Lara broke it. He put on 446 with opener Sir Conrad Hunte (260) as the Windies won by an innings and 174 runs.
Brian Lara (West Indies), 400no v England, St John's, April 10-12, 2004 Having beaten Sobers' record with a score of 375 - on the same ground, against the same opponents - Lara reclaimed it just six months after Australian Matthew Hayden's new mark of 380 against Zimbabwe in Perth. He kissed the pitch as memorable celebrations engulfed the ground and went on to 400, the first man to do so in Tests, as the match, inevitably, was drawn.