Sachin Tendulkar has never had anything to do with the historic Ashes series. Ahead of the second Test though, his son – Arjun Tendulkar- could become the key to England’s fortunes in what is the most eagerly-followed cricketing rivalry around the world. After all, helping Alastair Cook and Company train for the clash ought to count for a lot.
The 15-year-old was more than just a net bowler for England on Wednesday’s practice sessions as he garnered words of wisdom from England bowling coach Ottis Gibson. Arjun, who is touted to have a bright future ahead of him by Pakistan left-arm fast bowling legend Wasim Akram, was taken to the English net session by Neil Burns, one of England’s more influential independent coaches. According to reports, this was told by England’s assistant coach Paul Farbace.
It is clear then that despite the pacey track at the Lord’s, England fans will have to thank a Tendulkar for a change if their team blunts Aussie pace demons come Thursday. What Arjun will walk away with for sure though is the confidence of having played a part in a series as massive as the Ashes.
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