We did not plan well for Eng, Aus tours: Raina

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Published: Friday, March 30, 2012, 13:25 [IST]
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'Overseas tours weren't planned well'

New Delhi, Mar 30: India's middle-order batsman Suresh Raina on Thursday said that lack of planning resulted in Team India's Test debacle against England and Australia.

"No excuse when you play at the international level, you have to perform really well against the good opposition. I think we did not plan really well against the Aussies and England. We learnt from those mistake and moved to good cricket," said Raina.

"We have done really well in one-day cricket. Hopefully, we'll improve our cricket in Test matches also. As a team, we have always done well but we have to do well in Test matches especially in abroad.

"We lost eight Test matches in a row. Hopefully, we do well in the abroad series and work really hard in the Test series," Raina told Times Now.

India were thrashed 4-0 in the Test series in England last year and lost all other matches during the rest of the tour.

During the tour of Australia, India were the second-ranked Test nation and reigning World Cup champions but suffered a 4-0 whitewash in the Test series and failed to make it to the finals of the tri-series also involving Sri Lanka.

A regular player in the playing XI for the ODIs, Raina said he is eager to seal his place in the Test side as well.

"I led the team and we won the one-day series in West Indies. I did well there in the Test matches. I am looking forward to play in Test matches as well," he said.

Asked about India's most promising batting talent Virat Kohli, Raina said, "He is a good player. As a finisher, I think he has always showed great character and responsibility.

"Whenever he got the chance he has always delivered. He has been nominated as the vice captain and I think he will do well when he gets the chance to become a captain of the side," he said.

With the IPL season 5 starting on April 4, Raina is confident of performing well for his side, defending champions Chennai Super Kings.

"We would be playing in the IPL after one-off T20 game in South Africa. I am looking forward to it and will do well this season."


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