After dropped midway in England Test series, India opener Murali Vijay said on Saturday that he will fancy his chances on the bouncier Australian wickets, which favors his back foot game.
The game ended in a draw as India scored 211 in their second innings with the loss of 2 wickets in reply to Cricket Australia XI’s 544. Vijay scored 129 off 132 balls.
“It was good to get some practice hitting over the boundary. I just took my chances and it came my way. I know opportunities are round the corner and wanted to be in a positive frame of mind. I have been working hard on my game and fitness, and I am looking forward to contributing in this series. Hopefully I can do that,” Vijay said.
Vijay made a partnership of 109 runs with K L Rahul, who scored a confident 62, and belied the dressing room’s concerns over the opening combination after youngster Prithvi Shaw was injured while fielding on day three.
“Basically I am ready (after playing county cricket, tour matches in New Zealand and Australia). I just want to go out there, contribute and give a good start for my team.I have always been aiming at that and nothing is different this time.”
The tested opener said that he was looking forward to playing Test cricket in Australia again, especially after enjoying a good series here in 2014.
“We (Rahul and him) come from the same part of India so we understand each other well. He is a good guy to bat with and he is fun. Hopefully we can carry that momentum forward into the first Test. It always feels good to go to grounds where you have scored runs as it helps you a lot and I have good memories of it. Playing in Australia suits my game because I am a batsman who likes to play on the backfoot. Australia is the one place you get the bounce so you can play your shots coming from India and exploring shots that you have kept in your kit. I can get them out.”
He also said India weren’t starting the contest as favourites, but only meant to play good cricket.