The swaggering, flashy Kevin Pietersen with a mouth to match has been the main target of Australian media in the Ashes build-up, eclipsing even unpopular bowler Stuart Broad.
Australia's squad is more settled than it was during the tumultuous buildup to the last Ashes series in England, which only finished in August with the home team as 3-0 victors
Sachin Tendulkar is trading his cricket uniform for a red turban and a fake mustache and a career in ads by an online travel agency.
Australian crowds don't need any encouragement when it comes to cheering against The Poms, as the English are widely known in this federation of former British colonies.
Former Pakistan cricketer Hanif Mohammad - a veteran of 55 Tests between 1952 and 1969 - remembers telling Sachin Tendulkar that he is a jewel. He writes that he is glad Tendulkar broke several records and retired when he was sure of his.
Cricket was lucky to have an enduring phenomenon like Sachin Tendulkar, who didn't just inspire an entire generation but around whom, the game's administrators managed to build a huge industry which ran into billions.
Sachin Tendulkar's speech after his final Test was emotional, exhaustive and one that covered everyone who loved, cherished, supported and hailed the legend.
Once Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed, chants of "declare, declare" followed. But then the crowd starting appealing in sync with the bemused West Indians.
As the Indian economy took off - expanding more than five-fold in the three decades that Sachin Tendulkar has been completing his hostile takeover of cricket's record books - he earned fabulous wealth, becoming one of the highest-paid athletes in any sport.
Suhas Marathe kept score for All India Radio when Sachin Tendulkar played his first Test match at Wankhede Stadium in February 1993. Today, he is blind and will have to follow the score on TV, but his heart will still be at the ground.
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