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Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun trains with England team at Lord's.

London: England's batsmen faced a familiar name as they trained in the nets before the second Ashes Test, with Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun taking part in the session yesterday.

The teenager, tipped by Wasim Akram to have a big future in the game, was pictured in action against Ben Stokes in the nets at Lord's.

Talking to NDTV in May, Akram said Arjun was an enthusiastic learner. "He is a 15-year-old who is like any other kid in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka -- he's very enthusiastic about his cricket. He's a left-arm medium-pacer and I gave him some tips on the game.

"I told him a little bit about fitness, on wrist positioning and I explained to him how to bring the ball back onto the right-hander. He had a lot of questions for him and is very passionate about the game, and that is always a good sign."

With the track at The Lord's expected to assist pacers, English batsmen were seen facing deliveries from left-armer Arjun on the eve of the match. The 15-year-old popped down from his father's property close to the ground in St John's Wood to make sure Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes and co were in prime form ahead of the renewal of hostilities with Australia today.

The teenager showed no fear as he tore in at Stokes and England's other batsmen in the nets at the Home of Cricket and received a few pointers from England bowling coach Ottis Gibson.

He caught the eye of captain Cook, who watched on as he bowled at his men. England enter the match full of confidence following their 169-run victory over the Aussies in the first Test at Cardiff last weekend.

As Tendulkar Jr bowled, the Lord's official Twitter account posted: '.@sachin_rt's son bowled at @Englandcricket in the nets this morning. Only at Lord's! #LoveLords #Ashes'

Arjun proved he is a chip off the old block when he hit a remarkable 118 from 42 balls for Dhirubhai Ambani International School at the Smaaash Master Blaster School Cricket Championship in India in September last year.

Tendulkar Sr, who scored a total of 34,357 runs in 664 international matches for India and is regarded by many as the greatest to ever pick up a bat, asked in 2013 for his son, who bats left-handed and bowls left-arm pace, to be allowed to play cricket as any other normal teenager.

He said: 'My son has just started his career and it's a humble request to let him live his life like a normal 14-year-old, without thinking about anything else but falling in love with the sport.'

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Date:Jul 15, 2015
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