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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 April, 2004, 08:50 GMT 09:50 UK
Lara rejoices in record
Brian Lara celebrates breaking Hayden's record
Brian Lara has spoken of his joy after breaking the world Test batting record for a second time in 10 years.

The West Indies captain hit 400 not out against England in Antigua to wrest the record back from Matthew Hayden's 380.

He admitted the feeling was different from when he first broke the record on the same ground a decade ago, when he hit 375 against the same opposition.

"When I reached it before I didn't know what to expect. This time it was very tiring but I'm here again," he said.

The 35-year-old added: "I didn't really think about the record until I got to my double hundred and realised there was still a lot of time left in the game because of the rate we were scoring."

Lara admitted the celebrations were tempered by the fact West Indies were already 3-0 down in the series - their first home defeat by England since 1968.

"It's a great feeling but it is dampened by the series result," he said. "Ten years ago the match ended in a draw but this time we're looking for a result."

Australian batsman Hayden was one of the first to congratulate Lara.

I feel proud to know he's conquered me with such an awesome performance
Matthew Hayden

Lara surpassed the 380 Hayden registered against Zimbabwe in October 2003.

"I spoke to Brian over the phone and passed on my congratulations for a truly amazing effort," said Hayden.

"I feel proud to know he's conquered me with such an awesome performance.

"I wanted to let him know how appreciative I was when he contacted me in Perth last October.

"I thought it was only appropriate that I pass on my own best wishes to him.

"Breaking Brian's record against Zimbabwe was one of the most memorable days of my cricketing life, but records are made to be broken, and as a batsman, I guess they can fall at any time."

England are facing a hefty defeat after West Indies declared on 751-5.

He will go down as one of the greats of the game and it will take some player and some performance to beat his 400
Michael Vaughan
At the close of play, England were 171-5 with two days of the final Test remaining.

But skipper Michael Vaughan took time out at the end of the day's play to pay tribute to Lara's innings.

"We all set out to achieve greatness, but he is a gifted, gifted player," said Vaughan.

"He is one of the all-time great players, he has achieved something that has never been achieved before even with the amount of pressure he had on him before the start of this Test.

"He will go down as one of the greats of the game and it will take some player and some performance to beat his 400."

West Indies captain Brian Lara
"I really do appreciate the fact Hayden took the time to call"

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