Kaif keen to break into Test side again

Published: Wednesday, September 3, 2003, 22:47 [IST]
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Bangalore: Fresh from his county stint with Derbyshire, middle-order batsman Mohammad Kaif on Wednesday said he is keen to break to the national Test side again by scoring big runs in the run-up to the series against New Zealand. Asked if he fancied his chance to break into the Test side again, Kaif said, "Pretty much.

I know that I have to score some big runs to make sure I am there." He said he feels good and lot more confident after the three-month stint in England. "It's a matter of converting the 30s and 40s (where he used to get out in longer version of the game) into big scores." Kaif last played for India in Test matches against Sri Lanka during August-September 2001. Queried if he wants to go back to Derbyshire, he said he would love to go back to England but it would only be after one or two years "as the body needs rest at some stage". "It's great to be in England.

I would like to go there again and do well." On his county stint, Kaif said he did quite well in One-day games but in four-day encounters he used to get out in 30s and 40s. County experience was quite good but playing there in those conditions five-day-a-week was not easy though, he said. "It was quite fantastic and I learnt a lot." In England, he tried hard to bring himself into the "comfortable zone". Overseas players like him were under pressure as county side looked up to them to win matches, he said.

Asked what he learnt in England, he said, "It's discipline. Not just about cricket. It's a unique experience. How one needs to go about while playing overseas." Kaif said it was a good experience interacting with players from different countries and singled out Australia's Michael Divenuto - his Derbyshire county mate - from whom, he said, he got quite a few tips including "basic stuff", how to prepare for matches and face quickies.

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