Langer slams triple century

Justin Langer has smashed a triple century for county side Somerset against Surrey, but it wasn't enough to give him the highest ever score by an Australian in England.

Langer's 342 surpassed Viv Richard's as the highest ever score for Surrey, but he fell three runs short of Charlie McCartney's 345 for Australia against Nottingham at Trent Bridge in 1921.

His score was also the tenth highest ever in first-class cricket in England.

Resuming the day at 234, Langer soon surpassed Richard's mark of 322 set in 1985 before he was caught at long on by Neil Sarkar off spinner Ian Salisbury.

The West Australian was at the crease for 10 hours, facing just 416 balls, hitting 43 fours and two sixes.

"For the last few years I've had the target of making a triple century in my diary," Langer told AFP.

"So the seed's been there for a long time and it feels great now to have achieved it. I'm thrilled by it and I'll look back on it with a great deal of pride."

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