Raina wants to get back to Test team

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Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 15:09 [IST]
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Raina wants to get back to Test team

Colombo, Jul 31: It has been more than 11 months since Suresh Raina last played a Test for India. After the England tour, he was axed due to poor form. Now, the left-hander is looking to get back to Tests by scoring heavily in One Day Internationals.

Raina, after playing a big role in guiding India to victory in the third ODI here on Saturday, wants to bat up the order so that he can score more runs which would in turn help him get back to the five-day format.

"I would love to. If I get to bat up the order, I can play more overs and I can score more hundreds," Raina, who normally bats at numbe 5, 6 or 7, said. Raina's last Test was against England in August, 2011.

"I have scored only three hundreds in my career so far. I need to bat longer and score more runs so that I can come back into the Test team. But I don't really mind where I bat, whether it is four or five or six," he added.

Raina, who made his Test debut in Sri Lanka in July, 2010, has played only 15 Tests. His batting form has been form since scoring a hundred on debut. He has 710 runs at an average of 29.58 with one ton.

His ODI record has been very impressive. In 149 matches, he has scored 3,641 runs at 35.34.

The 25-year-old's failure to handle short balls has been the reason for his bad run in Tests.

He said he had been working on that with coach Duncan Fletcher

"I have been working hard on the short ball and discussing my batting with (coach) Duncan (Fletcher). One of the options of playing the short ball is to duck under it but in ODIs, you have to play your shots and look to score runs," he said.

"If you have to play Test cricket, you have to learn to get under the ball. In England, I got out once to the short ball, but I was also dismissed by Graeme Swann (offspinner) four or five times. I know I have to do well in Test cricket. If I continue to score runs in ODI cricket, maybe I will get my chance in the Test team again," he added.


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