January 24, 2008

India in Australia, 2007-08

Will Tendulkar play in 2012?

Sachin Tendulkar reached a quite brilliant 39th Test hundred, Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 1st day, January 24, 2008
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Steve Waugh, writing in the Daily Telegraph, is impressed with Mitchell Johnson's progress. Waugh says Sachin Tendulkar's hundred was one that was typical of the "last third of Tendulkar's career."

Unhurried yet perfectly paced, mixing control with brutality and text book with innovation while recognising the significance of first-innings runs to his side.

His balance while playing his strokes was guided by a head that was repeatedly over the ball and unwavering in its stability. His knees were supple, allowing a smooth transfer of weight.

The "master of the single", Peter Roebuck believes, will be back in Australia in 2012. He says in the Sydney Morning Herald:

Unless his nerve fails him or batting becomes a chore, Tendulkar will be back in 2012. Far from losing focus, he looks eager. Rejecting the captaincy helped him to renew his vitality. After a struggle, he has come to terms with age; has learnt to combine the singles of experience with the boundaries of youth.

Mathew Varghese is sub-editor (stats) at Cricinfo

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