Sachin eyes 'ultimate' prize

Little master optimistic of success in Australia

Last Updated: 24/12/07 9:00am

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Tendulkar: confident

Tendulkar: confident

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India batsman Sachin Tendulkar believes a Test series victory in Australia would be the 'ultimate' achievement.

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"I think it would be the most important tour (ever) if we can pull it off. Beating Australia is obviously the ultimate thing because of the way they have played for so many years, so it makes it a special tour."
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Tendulkar, 34, is making his fourth tour of Australia and was part of the team that drew 1-1 on India's previous visit in 2003-04.

The four-match series starts on Boxing Day in Melbourne with Tendulkar forming part of an experienced batting line-up alongside Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

"I think it would be the most important tour (ever) if we can pull it off," said Tendulkar.

"Beating Australia is obviously the ultimate thing because of the way they have played for so many years, so it makes it a special tour."

India, who are led by veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble, have a strong recent away record, having triumphed in West Indies in 2006 and England in 2007.

But Australia are unbeaten in a series at home for 14 years and have not lost a Test on home soil since India triumphed in Adelaide four years ago.

The series opener in Melbourne is followed by Tests in Sydney (January 2-6), Perth (Jan 16-20) and Adelaide (Jan 24-28), all of which are live on Sky Sports.

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