Cricket: England duo pay tribute to Tendulkar

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England pair James Anderson and Graeme Swann have saluted Sachin Tendulkar ahead of his final appearance for India.

After India’s second Test against the West Indies, Tendulkar will end his magical career in his home town of Mombai.

‘The Little Master’ has played 199 Tests for his country, averaging
53.71 and scoring an incredible 15,847 runs.

Tendulkar has dominated the crease on many occasions against some of the world’s best bowlers but he has struggled against England pace bowler Anderson. The 40-year-old has fallen victim to Anderson on nine occasions and the Lancashire bowler admits he is privileged to have that record.

He told Sky Sports: “I think I have got him out more than anyone else, so for me it is something I will remember for the rest of my life because he is such a huge influential player.

“For someone to keep their standards that high for such a long period of time is an incredible achievement and something I don’t think that will be contested in the near future.”

Spin bowler, Graeme Swann was also quick to echo Anderson’s thoughts, as he admitted he was surprised to see him remain at the top of the game for so long.

Swann said: “How on earth he has done it for so long…?

“I have seen the absolute hullabaloo and furore that goes on around his every move in India. For someone to play for so long to such a high standard is phenomenal.”

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