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Pietersen best batsman, Tendulkar doesn't get a vote!

cricket Updated: Jul 05, 2009 16:47 IST

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Sachin Tendulkar failed to get a single vote as Cricket Australia's contracted players chose Englishman Kevin Pietersen as the best batsman in the world outside their country.

Tendulkar may have been a thorn in Australia's flesh for 18 long years and possess virtually every other batting record but the current 25 CA-contracted players did not deem him worth of even a single vote.

Instead, they picked former England captain Pietersen as the current batsman they feared most, giving him 50 per cent votes in a survey conducted this year, according to The Age.

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who has scored 503 runs from six matches at an average of 41.91 against the Australians, was the surprise second best batsman with 34 per cent votes.

In comparison, Tendulkar has scored 2748 runs from 29 matches at an average of 56.08 against the Australians.

Pietersen, on the other hand, has made 963 runs from 10 matches at 53.50 average against Australia, but the 29-year-old's attitude has attracted just as much admiration as his record.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith and teammate Jacques Kallis got seven per cent of votes apiece.