England Might Test Tendulkar with Short Balls: Vaughan

London, Jul 13 (IANS): Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels the best chance of getting maestro Sachin Tendulkar out cheaply in the upcoming series against India is to test him with short balls early on in his innings.

India will play England in four-match Test series beginning at Lord's July 21.

Vaughan says one can hardly find a weakness in Tendulkar's batting but the potent English attack shouldered by James Anderson and Chris Tremlett will go hard at the little master early on his innings.

"Chris Tremlett bowled well against him (Tendulkar) in 2007 and he is a miles better bowler now. But Sachin doesn't have any weaknesses although every batsman is vulnerable on and around the off stump early on. England might go aggressive at him, test him with a few short balls -- I have seen people do that over the last two years and it hasn't affected him," Vaughan was quoted as saying in the 'Cricketer' magazine.

Tendulkar has enjoyed a great run of form in the last two years. He became the first batsman to score a double hundred in One-day Internationals in Feb 2010 and later in the same year went on to complete 50 centuries in Tests. And now he needs only one triple digit innings to get to his 100th hundred in international cricket.

Vaughan says Tendulkar's recent success can be attributed to a change in his batting style.

"Sachin is a different player now from 2007; the best players in the world change little things about themselves to keep themselves in the game. In the last two years he has become more aggressive, he has gone back to his old way of trying to score when for a period he tried to survive."

England's current captain Andrew Strauss acknowledges that Tendulkar's wicket will be the most prized one in the upcoming series but they are not focussing on any invidual player in the Indian team.

The longer it goes on the better, said Strauss on Tendulkar reaching the landmark figure.

"We know what a quality player Sachin is but we are not focusing on him. He will get just as much or as little attention as any one of their other players because they have quality from one to 11. They are not a one-trick pony," Strauss said.


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