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Tino Best: From the ridiculous to the sublime

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Sam Sheringham | 21:18 UK time, Sunday, 10 June 2012

Before his record-breaking heroics at Edgbaston on Sunday, Tino Best's last Test innings in England ended in comical ignominy as he charged down the Lord's wicket and was stumped seconds after being ironically encouraged to "mind the windows" by England's sledger-in-chief Andrew Flintoff.

The charismatic fast bowler from Barbados had to wait eight years for a chance to get his own back, but when he did every pane of glass at the ground was under threat during an assault as unexpected as it was entertaining.

Coming in at number 11 in his first Test for three years, Best slayed England's attack to every corner of the Birmingham venue in an astonishing innings of 95 - the highest by a number 11 in Test cricket history.

Like a golfer admiring a straight drive, each of his boundaries was followed by a check finish and his fifty greeted by a lavish arm-wheeling celebration.

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