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Tendulkar to play Pakistan, England ODIs: Reports

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Updated: Saturday, December 22, 2012, 10:00 [IST]

Tendulkar to play Pakistan, Eng ODIs?

Mumbai, Dec 22: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has spoken to the chief selector Sandeep Patil and confirmed his availability for the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan and England, according to reports.

Having skipped five ODI series against West Indies, England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the last couple of months, Sachin Tendulkar will be playing his first ODI series in nine months.

According to a report on Headlines Today, Sachin Tendulkar has confirmed his availability for the ODI series against Pakistan and England while talking to the chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil.

While the cricketing fraternity has been posting comments on the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from the longer version of the game following his poor form, the recent talks with chief selector comes as a surprise.

The master blaster has featured in two ODI series this year including CB Series in Australia and Asia Cup in Bangladesh, where he registered his 100th international ton against Bangladesh in March 2012.

Though his scores in CB series and against SA were not upto the mark, his performance in the Asia Cup and the World Cup was highlighted.

Having scored 172 runs at an average of 57.33 in the Asia Cup (includes his 100th international ton and a fifty) and 482 runs off 9 matches in the World Cup involving two centuries and 2 half centuries, selectors have welcomed Sachin Tendulkar's move to feature in the upcoming series against England and Pakistan.

It is also learnt that the selectors have given a green signal for Tendulkar to don the blue jersey for ODIs.

With Sachin finding it difficult to face the fast bowlers and the spinners in the last one year, it remains to be seen if he can get some valuable runs against a England and Pakistan's quality pace attack.

Pakistan is touring India after five years whereas the two teams haven't played an ODI after the World Cup semifinal at Mohali, which would add more flavour and importance to the upcoming series.

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Story first published:  Saturday, December 22, 2012, 9:08 [IST]

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