London, July 18: Former English captain Michael Vaughan reckons that present English pacers Chris Tremlett and James Anderson will pose the perfect nemeses to Sachin Tendulkar owing to the bounce and swing respectively, that they are able to generate. These attributes should catch the Little Master off-guard, especially early on in his innings, opines Vaughan.
"I have seen him driving through balls early on and be bowled or lbw on a number of occasions. England could also undermine him with bounce, which is why Tremlett will be key. If the ball is swinging, James Anderson nipping back a ball that pitches on fourth stump and hitting middle or off will be very dangerous," Vaughan said.
Vaughan added that the English paceman should identify and target Sachin's Achilles' heel from early on.
"Like all batsmen, he is at his most vulnerable early in the innings to the fuller delivery nipping back. A ball pitching on off stump and coming back through the gate will cause him problems," Vaughan wrote in the 'Daily Telegraph'.
Vaughan also pointed out that fielding positions would be crucial to unsettling Tendulkar. "The mid-on has got to be dead straight for Tendulkar. You can't allow him to see the gap straight down the ground. Your midwicket also has to be straight as well so when he looks to the leg side does not see an easy scoring option."
Having a quick and bouncy pitch will aid England in their battle against Tendulkar, Vaughan felt. "To nullify Tendulkar's threat England will want pace in the pitch so their short balls or length deliveries are zipping through to the keeper," he said.
Vaughan elucidates the fact that Tendulkar's impending record of completing a 100 international tons is the main box-office attraction.
"Lord's will be packed with fans hoping to see history made. There is an air of goodwill from everyone towards Tendulkar that other great players have not enjoyed. I have never heard anyone say anything bad about him."
What astounds Vaughan is the fact that despite being in his late thirties, Tendulkar is still at the top of his game.
"He didn't score a hundred in the 2007 England series and averaged only 38. To think he is still on the circuit, playing better than ever and is on the verge of a 100th international century is a phenomenal achievement," he said of the champion batsman.
While comparing the last tour and his present game, Vaughan said the difference from four years ago is that he will not duck and weave. He will take on the short ball. Well, Indian fans will certainly be hoping so.