North in awe having seen Sachin cross 14000 runs

Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 13:13 [IST]
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North delighted with Sachin's feat

Australian batsman Marcus North, who reached 1000 Test runs during his knock of 128 against India at Bangalore, was delighted to score his ton on the same ground and watch Sachin Tendulkar score 14,000 runs.

“He"s a pretty amazing player isn"t he, and to be on the same ground when he brought up his 14,000th Test run is pretty special and I guess it is a credit to his career, to the longevity of the guy," North said of Tendulkar.

“You talk about the pressures of Test cricket, this guy"s got the pressure of a nation on him, so he"s proven to be a class player and he showed that last week (in Mohali)," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying.

“To see him bring up his 14,000 runs in the same game as I brought up my first thousand, puts things in perspective," North said.

North is playing his 19th Test whereas Tendulkar is taking part in his 171st.

Before the commencement of the second Test match, North was under real pressure as he was struggling for consistency and there were reports that he might be axed for the second Test match. But, he justified his spot in the squad with a blistering century to help Australia achieve a total in excess of 450 runs in the second Test.

The Western Australian batsman also said that he has been trying to sort out the technical glitches in his batting.

“I"ve been working with Vinnie (coach Tim Nielsen) this week, just about getting a really positive stride down the wicket, working on my on-drive," North said.

“That really sets my position up and I felt walking in Sunday against Zaheer Khan that my feet were moving probably as well as they have been for a while, so that probably had a bit to do with starting well and carrying it through," he said.


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