We'll stop Sachin from reaching the record, claims Ponting

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Hyderabad, Sept 30 (UNI) Australian captain Ricky Ponting today asserted that his team will try to make it as tough as possible for Sachin Tendulkar, during the upcoming four-Test series, to get the 77 runs that the master blaster requires to overhaul Brian Lara's record of maximum Test runs.

Showering praise and acknowledging Tendulkar as a ''great batsman'', Ponting, however, made it clear that his side ''will do its best to stop him to achieve the land mark (in the upcoming Test series).'' Tendulkar needs 77 runs to surpass the 11,953-run record of West Indian Brian Lara, who quit Test cricket and the Indian batting maestro would look to achieve the record in the four-Test series against Aussies that begins in Bangalore on October 9.

The master blaster started the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka needing 172 runs to become the world's leading run-getter but failed to cross the Rubicon Line.

''Hopefully not (Sachin reaching the record in the current series),'' Ponting quipped at a media conference here ahead of the warm up match against Board President XI, starting from October 2.

''We have few (game) plans to stop him and hope these will click''.

''But I have the highest regard for him,'' Ponting said with a view shared by Brett Lee, who will spearhead the Aussie pace attack in the upcoming series against the Indians.

Despite his unenviable record against India, Ponting hoped to ''clinch the series'' with his pack of green horns.

''It will be a hard series with Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, but we will win the series,'' Ponting demurred.


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