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I am happy that Sir Gary was here to see it. He has always encouraged me and when I made 277 in Australia he said I should have gone for the record. I didn't have as much belief as he did. Seeing him walk out to congratulate me will be something I will never forget. Brian Lara on his historic innings.

I could not think of a better person to break my record. He is the only batsman today who plays the game the way it should be played - with his bat. He never uses his pads, and it's always a pride and joy to watch him play. From the first day I saw him play, I knew he had the ability to overtake my record. Sir Garfield Sobers.

I'll have to live up to what I've done. A lot of people will be expecting a lot and I can't disappoint them. Lara.

I don't suppose I can call you a lucky bleeder when you've got 347. Angus Fraser to Lara in midwicket after nearly finding the edge.

There are some areas that need improving: middle-order batting, bowling and wicketkeeping. Ray Illingworth, the new chairman of selectors, pinpoints some of the weaknesses in the England team.

Of all the players who have gone to rugby league, Scott is the first one I wouldn't want to see in the Swansea club again. Mike James, the Swansea chairman, after Scott Gibbs' decision to switch to rugby league with St Helens.

He has the backing of the board and if we're in the First Division next season he will be our manager. Alan Sugar, the Spurs chairman, on his manager, Ossie Ardiles.

My legs were trembling before the match and it may be that way for many more games. Whenever I pull on the Argentina jersey I feel the same joy that runs through me when I kiss my daughters on the lips. Diego Maradona.