Melbourne: Australian spin legend Shane Warne has little doubt that Sachin Tendulkar would get his 100th international century on the present tour Down Under, but he wished the iconic Indian batsman to reach the feat in the first cricket Test starting December 26 here.
"I feel Sachin would get his 100th century (in Australia) but I wish he does so in Melbourne," Warne said on the sidelines of a function at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where his 300kg bronze statue was unveiled this morning.
Warne, who in his entire career could claim Tendulkar's wicket only thrice in Test matches, has enormous respect for the champion Indian batsman whom he rates as the best willow-wielder of his time.
The first match against Australia would be Tendulkar's 185th Test. He has so far made 15,183 runs from 303 innings with 51 centuries at an average of 56.03 in five-day games. Tendulkar also has 18,111 runs from 453 ODIs with 48 centuries under his belt at an average of 45.16.
Tendulkar, though, has struggled to add to his tally of 99 international centuries this year -- his last ton being 111 against South Africa at Nagpur in March during the World Cup.
His last Test century was also against South Africa - 146 at the Newlands, Cape Town in January and has been without a ton in the longest format of the game in his last 14 innings.