Raina promises 'different cricket' in tri-series

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Published: Monday, January 30, 2012, 13:00 [IST]
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We'll play good cricket in ODIs: Raina

Sydney, Jan 30: Young middle order batsman Suresh Raina has promised a "different cricket" from Team India in the forthcoming tri-series in Australia.

Raina, who was not part of the Test squad, is hopeful of a good showing in the ODIs. The tri-series involving India, Australia and Sri Lanka starts on February 5.

India were humiliated 4-0 by Australia in the Test series. This was their second successive clean sweep on foreign soil after losing by a similar margin against England last year.

"We won the ODI series here last time. We have also won the World Cup. We won other series too. It's the same set of players largely. You would see different cricket from India," said the left-handed Raina.

"We would play good cricket against Australia and Sri Lanka. It would be good if we can keep our intensity up. The boys are motivated. Unfortunately, we didn't do well in Tests but are passionate to do well in the forthcoming one-day series.Twenty20 would be lot different from Tests. We beat Australia in quarter-finals in the World Cup and also are world champions," he added.

Raina felt that batting debacle was the main reason for India's poor showing in Tests and that would not have any impact in the shorter version of the game.

"Test matches were different. I was not part of it but what I watched, Australians played better cricket. They executed their plans well, bowled well, bowled in good areas.Unfortunately, we didn't bat well. Hopefully, we will do well in the next series."

Speaking of the youngsters in the team, he said: "The youngsters have done well in the last couple of months. So we hope for the best. There are a lot of youngsters who have come from India. They have played good first-class cricket and done very well at home. I played three-four domestic matches and got a double century."

With the next 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2015, Raina feels the tri-series will help the players with an eye on the next edition of the World Cup.

"We will play the 2015 world cup in Australia and New Zealand and the same youngsters would benefit a great deal," Raina said.

Speaking about his preparations before he arrived in Australia, Raina explained: "I went to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, worked in Mumbai, worked on my wrist position on the bouncy wicket at MIG and NCA and had good coaches (to work under). I worked with Sandeep Patil. We have Duncan (Fletcher) here. Sachin (Tendulkar) played with us in the CB series last time. His inputs would be very useful.We have to do well. Fielding is going to be a major factor here. We have to take catches and effect run-outs. We have to bat till the end.

"We have good allrounders who can hit the ball hard and take wickets. We have good variation bowlers like Praveen, Irfan and Vinay. Hopefully, you would see an improved performance."

Rain is hopeful of returning to Test team after having played 15 Test and scored just 710 runs.

"I played here against Australia A and South Africa A sides. I have done well. In Test cricket, I did well in the West Indies.I did well in 15 matches though I didn't do well in England. But I know I can play many more Test matches. I do believe in hard work and when given a chance again, would prove my worth," he said.


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