Cricket: Hanif pays a tribute to the little big man

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THE secret of Brian Lara's success is his size, according to Hanif Mohammad, the batsman whose world record Lara broke. 'It's all in the height, I believe,' the former Pakistan captain said. 'He's very short and many other short Test players have scored lots of runs, like me, Sir Don Bradman and Sir Len Hutton.'

Hanif was not surprised that his record had been beaten. 'Records are meant to be broken,' he said. 'When I got 499 people started saying nobody could break that, but I said, 'I broke the world record of Sir Don Bradman after so many years', so records are meant to be broken.'