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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 January, 2004, 09:10 GMT
India lead Waugh tributes
Steve Waugh
Waugh signed off with a fine innings but not a victory
India's leading players have paid tribute to Steve Waugh after the Australia captain bowed out of international cricket on Tuesday.

Waugh called time on a record Test careeer of 168 matches following the final Test in Sydney, which was drawn.

Waugh made 80 as Australia reached 357-6 to keep India at bay, though the 1-1 series scoreline saw the visitors retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

India captain Sourav Ganguly said: "I'd like to wish Steve Waugh good luck."

He added: "All our wishes are with you and I hope you have a wonderful life after cricket.

"A lot of cricketers including me have looked up to you for your attitude and I wish you and your family good luck."

India skipper Sourav Ganguly (centre)
A lot of cricketers including me have looked up to you
Ganguly on Waugh

Ganguly also praised his own players for drawing the series after travelling to Australia as underdogs.

"A special thank you to my boys. It's been an honour and a pleasure leading them this series the way that they played."

Sachin Tendulkar, who claimed the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten knocks of 241 and 60 at the SCG, said Waugh had inspired him throughout his career.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank Steve Waugh, because to all us youngsters - and I am quite younger than him - he has been an inspiration.

"We have watched him all the way and he has set great examples for us. I want to wish him all the best in life."

Tendulkar admitted it was a huge relief to make a big score after enduring a torrid time with the bat in the first three Tests.

He said: "It's always been a great pleasure to play in Australia.

"The beginning of the series was not great but it's better late than never for me and I'm quite happy to have scored runs.

"I'd like to congratulate all the team members for putting up such a fabulous performance on this tour."

The Man of the Series award went to Rahul Dravid, who scored 619 runs at an average of 123.

"I am glad I played my part in making Steve Waugh's final series a memorable one," he said.

"It was played in the best spirit by both teams and I'd like to congratulate them both on a very exciting and entertaining series.

"I'd like to thank Waugh and wish him the best for the future."

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