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Cook will break every batting record Tendulkar has set,believes Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen believes England captain Alastair Cook is on target to challenge Sachin Tendulkar numbers and break every record

Kevin Pietersen believes England captain Alastair Cook is on target to challenge Sachin Tendulkar numbers and break every record that has been set by the Indian batsman.

“For me he’s the right man to lead England,he’s doing a great job for us and he will continue to get better and better and break every record anyone’s ever set,certainly in the English game. He’s on target to go for Tendulkar’s numbers,if you look at the numbers and look at his age,” Pietersen was quoted as saying in an interview with Darren Gough on ‘Talksport’.

The 28-year-old Cook is 8,313 runs behind the 40-year-old Tendulkar (15837 Test runs). Pietersen lavished praise on Cook for his consistent scoring. “His first series was against India away and we beat India. He’s done exceptionally well,his cricket just keeps getting better and better,” he said.

Pietersen also hailed rising batsman Joe Root,who made his debut against India last year. “I never knew of him,I never heard of him,because when you’re on the scene and young players come you just don’t. But I knew that he was going to be good when he walked out to bat in Nagpur in his first Test match,” he said.

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“I was batting and… we just didn’t want to let India back into it at all and he walked out and — just his face walking towards me for 20 metres — I thought this kid’s going to be a flipping superstar.

“It was just the confidence that he walked out to bat with in his debut Test match in India,two spinners bowling,from each end,we’d just lost a wicket or a couple of wickets and he walked out with a smile on his face,and went ‘All right lad,you ok,you’re playing well there’.”

Clarke,Watson shine

Australia captain Michael Clarke scored 45 in his first innings for three months and Shane Watson hit a breezy 90 as Australia made good progress in chasing Somerset’s total of 320 in their four-day tour match on Thursday.

Clarke missed the final Test against India this year and the entire Champions Trophy with a back injury,sparking concerns that he would not be fit for the first Ashes Test against England starting at Trent Bridge on July 10.

He made steady progress on his return to the crease,batting for nearly two hours and facing 95 balls for his 45 before he edged a catch through to the wicketkeeper.

Watson,backed by new coach Darren Lehmann to open the batting in the Ashes series,cracked an impressive 90 off 94 balls,including 20 fours. Australia had reached 240 for four midway through the afternoon session.

second chance

Nick Compton has been given a chance to push for selection in the England side to play Australia in the Ashes after being invited to play for Worcestershire against the tourists in their second warm-up match next week,British media have reported.

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Compton was left out of England’s own practice match against Essex next week,an indication that selectors favoured Joe Root as Alastair Cook’s opening partner for the first Test.