Sydney: Sachin Tendulkar has the concentration span of 10 men and bowlers the world over have realised that the 'modern-day Don Bradman' is simply too good, reckons former Australian pacer Stuart Clark.

"For the past 20 years, the modern-day Don Bradman has plundered attacks around the world. Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh were no match for him. Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis did their best for little reward. Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath toiled hard against him for the same result. The reality is that Tendulkar is simply too good.

"The great ability of Tendulkar is his ability to make the field move around and to toy with a bowler or frustrate a captain. As a bowler, you make the decision to bowl either slightly straighter with another man on the onside or to bowl slightly wider with a heavier offside field. But against Tendulkar there is a problem - he has great wrists and can hit the same delivery to three different places," Clark said.

Clark said that Australian bowlers will be aware of the fact that Tendulkar has a great affinity with the SGC, the venue of the second cricket Test against India.

"What will make the Australian bowlers even more wary in this Test is that Tendulkar has a definite affinity with the SCG. I see no reason why he will not bring up his elusive 100th international hundred in the 100th Test match at the grand old ground," he wrote.

Clark said the opposition bowlers are always in for a real challenge whenever Tendulkar walks into the ground.

"When he walks through the gate and the ground announcers invite the crowd to 'welcome Sachin Tendulkar', you know as a bowler you are in for a real challenge. You ask yourself how can this man who stands just over five feet tall be so good? How does this little man have the ability to treat me with such disdain? But then you remember he is not called the 'Little Master' for nothing," said Clark.

(Agencies)