Sydney: Who`s saying what about the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday:
"David will be fine. He knows the rules, as we all do, and his rules are no different than the rest of ours."
- Australia captain Michael Clarke backs temperamental opener David Warner to behave himself in Thursday`s semi-final against India in Sydney.
"I heard Davey (Warner) say he was not going to get involved in all that stuff. Someone has got to do it and I think I might put my hand up. It`s part of the game."
- Australia fast bowler Mitch Johnson offers to step in on Warner`s behalf for sledging duties.
"Look a bit of sledging is okay as long as boundaries are not crossed. The Indian team will not cross the line, but we will not back down either."
- India batsman Rohit Sharma
"I talked to Dale Steyn today in Auckland and must say that my respect for him is enormous. True cricketing gentleman."
- Former England spinner Graeme Swann on encountering the South African fast bowler, whose side were knocked out of the World Cup by New Zealand.
"He did say when I saw him at the end `does this mean I get to come to Melbourne?` There`s a bit of irony there, I suppose. He`s shown how he important he is to us so I`m sure he is looking forward to Melbourne."
- New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum on semi-final star Grant Elliott, who was not selected for a 20-man group which visited the Melbourne Cricket Ground on a scouting mission in October as his chances of being picked in the World Cup squad were considered to be slim.
"Hopefully we`ve got one more game, one more big fairytale finish for him and then we`ll have a few beers."
- McCullum on aiming to give veteran spinner Daniel Vettori a winning send-off on Sunday.
"The bigger the expectation, the more that`s asked, the bigger they stand up. I honestly don`t think this World Cup final is going to daunt these guys."
- Former New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram