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Tendulkar should not retire: Brett Lee

I can only say that I love watching him play and want him to continue as long as possible, says Australian fast bowler Brett Lee.

cricket Updated: Apr 09, 2007 22:57 IST

Critics from all quarters may have called for Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from cricket but Australian fast bowler Brett Lee came to the batsman's aid on Monday saying that the cricketer should not bow to any pressure.

"A lot has been said about this but I think Sachin should not retire. He should play till the age of 50. On a more serious note, I think that this is something which only he can decide," he said.

"I can only say that I love watching him play and want him to continue as long as possible," said Lee, who was in the capital to inaugurate a watch showroom.

After India exited from the World Cup in the first round, former players, including Ian Chappell, had asked Tendulkar to call it a day.

Lee, who missed the World Cup after injuring his ankle, promised that he would be back in action in the next two months.

"It's very frustrating to sit out. I feel like jumping into the TV when I see the matches. But my rehabilitation is going very well. I have a minor operation this week, which will take care of whatever healing that is left," he said.

"Comeback should be very soon, in a couple of months to be precise."

On Australia's chances in the World Cup, Lee said, "Aussies are playing some fantastic cricket in the World Cup and I am hoping that they continue to do so. But New Zealand are a potential threat as they have been in awesome form," he said.

First Published: Apr 09, 2007 22:45 IST