Dubai: England skipper Andrew Strauss has described senior India batsman Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest Test player of all time.
"I think I would probably say it is Sachin Tendulkar, who has been the best Test cricketer of all time. For him to go on for so long and maintain his incredibly high standards is a great testament of the man and the desire of his outrageous talent as well," Strauss said.
Looking ahead to the India-England series, which begins at the Lord`s on Thursday, Strauss admitted he is excited about the challenge of taking on world`s number one side.
"I think it will be special - any series against India is special anyway. It is going to be a challenge, because India is a very confident side. They have got every right to feel confident about their ability. On the other hand we are playing at home. It has all the makings of a classic series," Strauss said in this week`s ICC Cricket World Radio Show.
ICC Cricket Committee chairman and former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd shared his thoughts on why Test cricket is the ultimate challenge for international players.
"Twenty20 is an exhibition, but Test cricket is an examination in all aspects of your game. When any player retires from the game, he wants to be known as a Test player, as someone who has battled his way through," says Lloyd.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, Sri Lanka`s Kumar Sangakkara and ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat joined Lloyd in a special show to celebrate Test cricket`s 2000th match.