Raina, Yuvraj fight for No 6 slot in Tests

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Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 16:57 [IST]
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Raina, Yuvraj fight for No 6 slot

Mumbai, Oct 30: Suresh Raina, who is leading India 'A' in the tour game against England that started today at Mumbai, has expressed his desire to cement the No 6 berth in Tests by playing extremely well in the match.

Raina, who made his Test debut in 2010 against Sri Lanka in Colombo, has played 17 Test matches and scored 768 runs at an average of 28.44 which includes a hundred and seven half centuries.

With Yuvraj Singh also planning to seal his No 6 spot in Tests, Suresh Raina has said that he would not mind to fight for the No 6 slot, though it is with the cancer-survivor Yuvraj Singh.

Yuvraj Singh who has battled cancer and made a strong comeback, would look forward to settle scores and grab the No 6 slot, especially after his quickfire 59 off 80 balls, which included 4 sixes and 7 boundaries.

Suresh Raina managed to score just 20 off 32 balls in the first innings of the tour game, as his dreams of scoring big were shattered, since Samit Patel dismissed him for 20 in the 36th over of the innings.

Raina, who spoke about Yuvraj Singh ahead of the match, said he would like to see the Cancer-fighter in Whites again.

"Yuvraj has just come back from a serious illness. He's a big role model for me and for others. I would love to see him back in whites.

Moreover, he also added that he was in race for the No 6 slot as well.

"I also want that spot. I want to play these four Tests against England. But I'd rather not dwell on who the spot will go to. It is up to the selectors," Raina said.

Though he missed it in the first innings, Raina is hopeful of scoring big in the second innings.

"This game is very important for me. If I score runs here, it'll help me," he added.


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