Tests: Yuvraj sets sight on all-rounder's slot

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Updated: Friday, October 12, 2012, 13:06 [IST]
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Yuvraj eyes No 6 slot in Tests

Chandigarh, Oct 12: India's Yuvraj Singh, who made a strong comeback to the national T20 side during the World T20 in Sri Lanka, after battling cancer, is keen on cementing his berth in the Test team as an all-rounder.

India is scheduled to play a four-Test series against England in Novemeber this year, as the first Test will be played at Ahmedabad from Nov 15.

After a successful stint at the T20 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh has been representing North Zone in the Duleep Trophy tie against Central Zone from Oct 14 to 17 has expressed his desire to cement his place in the Test team as an allrounder.

"Duleep Trophy matches will be very important for me as it will be a good preparation before England tour. I am looking forward to these matches and if I perform consistently I can get back into the Test team," Yuvraj said.

Though he admitted that playing Test cricket was quite difficult for the 31 year old after battling cancer, but said that he would ensure that he will grab the No 6 spot in the Test team.

"It will be difficult playing the longer version of the game but I am confident I'll last the duration," Yuvraj said on Thursday.

Playing the Duleep Trophy, Yuvraj will be representing North Zone in three matches ( if North Zone reaches finals - he will be playing four matches), along with two rounds of Ranji Trophy games, so that he gets a lot of opportunities to impress the selectors ahead of the England series that starts in November.

"I am also going to focus on my bowling too and look forward to make it to the Indian team as an all-rounder, not just a specialist batsman."

Talking about his recent stint during World T20, Yuvraj said he should have stayed for a long time at the crease especially during the last Super Eights game against South Africa.

"I am fairly satisfied with my performance during the T20 World Championship. But in the final Super 8 game against South Africa I was in good form and should have stayed at the crease," the southpaw said.


Story first published:  Friday, October 12, 2012, 11:12 [IST]
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