Brett Lee hails Sachin

Published: Tuesday, December 28, 1999, 5:30 [IST]
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Melbourne: Australian pace bowler Brett Lee marked his test debut with five wickets against India today but said his abiding memory of the day's play was the brilliant batting of Sachin Tendulkar.

Tendulkar was the only batsman able to combat Lee's frightening pace, comfortably handling everything the Australian threw at him to earn a standing ovation from the crowd. "You might pitch a ball on the off stump and think you have bowled a good ball and he walks across and hits it for two behind midwicket," Lee said.

"His bat looks so heavy but he just waves it around like it's a toothpick." Said Tendulkar: "It's always a great feeling to score runs against the top side in the world. It certainly gives you greater satisfaction. But the team's performance is important and I scored this hundred for the team."

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