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Records not enough for little master Tendulkar

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CRICKET-AUSTRALIA/INDIABy Adveith Nair and Krishna N. Das

Having dominated international cricket for over 21 years, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar sets a world record practically every time he steps out on a cricket pitch.

The second India-Australia test that begins on Saturday will be no different. Fans will be counting down the 27 runs the little master needs to become the first ever player to chalk up 14,000 test runs. Given his recent prolific form, it is more than likely the little master will reach that milestone in the southern Indian city of Bangalore with ease.

But in a cricket-mad nation of over a billion people, the expectations don’t end there.

Fans will hope their hero will take them to victory with an innings along the lines of VVS Laxman’s match-winning knock in the first test in Mohali.

from India Insight:

Cricket – India vs Australia

Highlights from India's test cricket and one-day international matches against Australia

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Monty’s back but England Ashes hopes rest on Swann

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CRICKET-ENGLAND/England’s commitment to a four-man attack for their Ashes defence in Australia this year has directly influenced the decision to recall left-arm spinner Monty Panesar.

Panesar and Surrey fast bowler Chris Tremlett, another recall, won the two extra bowling places at stake in the 16-man squad named at the Oval on Thursday.

England v Australia, Twenty20 final — live

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We’re blogging from the final of the World Twenty-20 cricket in the West Indies, with the clash between England and Australia building towards a climax.

England are doing surprisingly well, but who would write off Australia after their semi-final comeback against Pakistan? Stay tuned … and remember, comments are extremely welcome…

Ten events that capture the essence of American sport

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BASEBALL/Passion for sport is no greater or less in North America than in other countries but there is a difference. The focus here is unashamedly on the domestic, with an ambivalent attitude among many fans about what the rest of the sports world is doing or thinks.

On the same day that Woods held his first media conference before this month’s US Masters at Augusta, an event that was streamed live around the globe, the hottest topic of conversation in North America was who would win that night’s college basketball final between Duke and Butler.

Who do you think you are? Lewis Hamilton?

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MOTOR-RACING-PRIX/An irresistible story from Melbourne, where Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton was stopped by the police for “over-exuberant” driving on the road.

Hamilton was fastest in practice for the Australian Grand Prix on Friday and apparently struggled to make the adjustment to his road car. Here’s the story from Ian Ransom in Melbourne and Alan Baldwin in London:

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Vancouver podcast – day six

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We're back, and now with new added Australian. Join me, Julian, Mary Milliken and Miles Evans for our chat about the Worst/Best Games Ever, Lindsey Vonn and, inevitably, the great Aussie contribution to the Winter Olympics.

Five learning points from Champions Trophy

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Well, cricket’s Champions Trophy is over and we’ve learned some new things while some age-old truths remain, namely number 1 in my list.

1. Australia are the best one-day side
If ever there was any doubt, the Aussies reaffirmed their power by beating New Zealand in Monday’s final. Their key asset is strength in depth. This time it was Shane Watson who won the game with a century but it could so easily have been someone else with bat or ball. Tim Paine impressed.

The enigma of the Champions Trophy

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Before I was based here in Italy, I reported on quite a lot of cricket including the 2004 Champions Trophy and the 2007 World Cup.

Being out here, where Italian friends often confuse cricket with hockey or golf, means I completely missed the start of this year’s Champions Trophy.

England’s Champions Trophy bid seems doomed before it starts

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England qualified for three of the first five World Cup finals and should have emerged with at least one trophy.

Yet their last appearance came in 1992 and they are now the only member of the top eight test-playing countries who have never won a major one-day title.

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