Thursday 18 September 2008 

Tendulkar Confident About India-Australia Series

Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar does not believe that the upcoming series between India and Australia will be marred by any repetition of the racism row that threatened to prematurely end a series between the two sides earlier this year.

"I don't think there is any friction between us," Tendulkar said.

"As far as the Indian team is concerned, we would want to be competitive but play in the right spirit. I am very sure that the Australians would want to do the same thing."

India threatened to pull out of a Test series in Australia in January after Harbhajan Singh was found guilty of racially abusing Andrew Symonds before he eventually charged with using abusive language instead.

Symonds will not travel to India after he was left out following being sent home from a series against Bangladesh.

"I do agree they don't happen every weekend," Tendulkar said of the row. "But such things have happened in the past as well."

The four-Test series begins on October 9th and Tendulkar is 76 runs behind Test world-record run scorer Brian Lara but he maintains that his focus going into the series is not on breaking that record.

"I don't think of records, it's not about me breaking records," he said. "I value most the satisfaction of playing for India and performing well."

"Both the tours (Australia and England to India) are going to be extremely tough. I know that it's going to be extremely competitive, it will be fought in the right spirit.

"Watch out for the entire series - you wouldn’t want to miss a session."

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