DARREN FOREMAN: Tendulkar’s exit marks end of an era

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This past week saw the retirement of batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

The Indian cricketer (pictured below) is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of his generation.

File photo dated 22/08/2011 of Sachin Tendulkar. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 10, 2013. India batsman Sachin Tendulkar will retire from Test cricket after playing in his 200th Test against the West Indies next month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced. See PA story CRICKET Tendulkar. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

File photo dated 22/08/2011 of Sachin Tendulkar. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 10, 2013. India batsman Sachin Tendulkar will retire from Test cricket after playing in his 200th Test against the West Indies next month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced. See PA story CRICKET Tendulkar. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

He took up cricket at the age of 11, made his Test debut against Pakistan at the age of 16, and went on to represent Mumbai domestically and India internationally for close to 24 years.

He is the only player to have scored 100 international centuries, the first player to score a double century in a one-day international, and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket. A true great.

The highly-anticipated Ashes series Down Under got under way this morning with England’s Kevin Pietersen celebrating his 100th Test for the three lions.

He is going to be an important player during the series I have no doubt but it’s England’s togetherness as a team which I think gives them the edge over the Aussies who can be frail and flaky at times.

The departure of both assistant managers at Scarborough Athletic suggests that not everything is rosy in the garden.

A good assistant to bounce ideas off and to take training to give variety and a different voice is the recipe for a good combination.

Ultimately it’s the manager who lives and dies by the sword but an open book is better than a closed one.

After being totally outplayed by Chile, England nosedived like a u-boat against Germany’s reserves, they lacked cohesion and I don’t think Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge are a good combination.

Good forwards feed off each other and work in close proximity not 30 or 40 yards apart.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

Cristiano Ronaldo, who single-handedly dragged Portugal to Brazil with his hat-trick in the 3-2 play-off second leg win in Sweden.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“It’s not always about how many runs you score, how many wickets you take - it’s how many matches you influence and how many matches you win for your team. And if you get a ‘daddy 100’ you are a long way towards winning the game for your side.”

Graham Gooch