Tendulkar to miss ODI against England

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Chester-Le-Street, England - Sachin Tendulkar's agonising wait to score a 100th international century has been prolonged further with the batting great missing the first of the five One-Day Internationals against England on Saturday because of a foot injury.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he would lead out the same team that lost the one-off Twenty20 match against England by six wickets at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Tendulkar's absence allows fellow Mumbai player Ajinkya Rahane make his One-Day International debut and the 23-year-old opener will be called into action immediately after England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and opted to field first.
Tendulkar, the game's highest run-getter with 51 Test and 48 one-day centuries, needs just one more triple figure score to become the first cricketer to record 100 international tons.
Stuck on 99 since scoring a century against South Africa in the World Cup in March, the 38-year-old batsman is reported to be suffering from a swollen toe and was expected to consult a surgeon soon.
India surrendered their world number one Test status to England following a 4-0 whitewash in that series, a setback attributed both to their poor performances and a spate of injuries to key players.


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