Clarke: Sachin is 'perfect ambassador'

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Australia captain Michael Clarke has waxed lyrical about India batsman Sachin Tendulkar, saying the cricketing world will be a poorer place once the 40-year-old retires after his 200th Test at the end of the year.

Australia captain Michael Clarke has waxed lyrical about India batsman Sachin Tendulkar, saying the cricketing world will be a poorer place once the 40-year-old retires after his 200th Test at the end of the year.

Tendulkar announced his retirement, set for after the second Test against the West Indies in Mumbai, and has nearly 16,000 Test runs, with 51 centuries to his name and an average of 53.86.

Clarke said of Tendulkar in the <i>Times of India</i>: "He is the greatest batsman that I have seen or played against. May be he is only second to Sir Donald Bradman in history.

"When such a player decides to call it a day an entire legion of fans feels the pain. He is the most complete batsman that I have seen and his longevity is what sets him apart in comparison to everyone else."

Clarke added of the Little Master's reputation Down Under: "Sachin has played some of his greatest cricket in Australia and is the perfect ambassador of our game.

"He is perhaps the only cricketer of our generation who gets a standing ovation at every Australian cricket ground. He is aggressive and in many ways he played cricket the Australian way.

"Sachin has always treated Test cricket as the pinnacle of our sport and that's a lesson that should be passed on to future generations."

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