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    Monty helping Sachin prepare for Lord's

    Monty Panesar bowled to Tendulkar in the nets ahead of the July 21 Lord

    Monty Panesar bowled to Tendulkar in the nets ahead of the July 21 Lord's Test

    London: England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar has been bowling at Sachin Tendulkar in the Lord's nets as the Indian master prepares for the first test starting at world cricket's headquarters on Thursday.

    Alan Duncan, the assistant coach for the Marylebone Cricket Club's young cricketers, told Reuters on Wednesday that Tendulkar had been practising for two hours a day at Lord's since July 4.

    He said Panesar, who was a member of the successful Ashes squad in Australia this year, and former Surrey left-armer Nayan Doshi had both bowled in the nets to Tendulkar, who is one hundred away from becoming the first man to score 100 international centuries.

    Duncan said he himself had given Tendulkar regular throwdowns.

    "He wanted to check that his balance was right and that he was playing the ball under his eyes," he said.

    India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Tendulkar, at the age of 38, still retained his passion for the game.

    "Every time he turns up on the field he wants to improve his game," Dhoni told a news conference.

    "He may have spent 1-1/2 hours in the field, but in that time, he makes sure he is learning something and when he goes back to the dressing room he can proudly say today's time I utilised to the best.

    "He tries to keep it very simple, doesn't complicate things. Overall, I think he's an ideal cricketer to look up to, the way he has conducted himself on and off the field. He has remained the same for the last 21 years."