He looked miles better than his figures in those 2 full series- (maybe if freakish things hadn't happened he would've averaged A LOT more). He all know about the possible dubious decisions he got in 1999 (avg'd just 46). Even in 2000/01 (avg'd 50) this happened-
2001- Sachin Tendulkar 65 vs Australia, 2000/01 - YouTube
(look at the way he gets out!!. He scored a fluent 76 in the first innings and then got out in this manner for 65 in the 2nd innings!!) The ball hit teh short-leg langer and then ponting took the rebound with a diving one hand full-stretch catch!
Althought Tendulkar played and looked far far better in these two series, figures will say his best series around that time was that 2003/04 in which he struggled like hell. (the double ton in the last test saved him)