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Sachin expects a close contest

New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar expects the upcoming India-England Test series to be a closely-contested one and believes that past history will have no bearing on its outcome.

“I think we need to leave the past behind… We also need to consider that immediately after that series, when England came to India (for the one-dayers), we beat them 5-0… That cannot be forgotten.

“Many things have happened in the past. It is a fresh series and we need to see that we produce our best performance. It will be a good, interesting series and a closely-fought one,” Sachin said, at a promotional, on Thursday.

The first of the four-Test series begins on November 15, in Ahmedabad, and Sachin said the team would start getting ready from Friday. “Most of the guys in the team have been playing first-class matches of late. We start our practice sessions from Friday, before moving to Ahmedabad. So there are still six to seven days to practice together as a unit,” he said.

Queried on whether he was scared of any bowler, Sachin said: “I am not scared of any of them... But I do respect some. After all it takes just one ball to get knocked over.”

Asked about the Order of Australia honour, which was conferred on him recently, Sachin replied: “I am really happy to get the honour by the Australian government. I had many moments in Australia.

“For the last two decades, since 1991, I have been part of six to seven tours Down Under.

“It has always been challenging. When you perform there, people notice and appreciate your effort and performance. I got good exposures at the right time,” Sachin said.

When questioned why he doesn’t bowl any more, Sachin explained: “Since the 2007-08 Australia tour, I have cut down on my bowling. Now, we have good bowlers in the team and so there’s no need to bowl.” (PTI)