Suresh Raina eyes Test comeback through Irani Cup

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Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 12:24 [IST]
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Suresh Raina eyes Test comeback

Mumbai, Feb 5: After a great start to his Test career, Suresh Raina finds himself out of the five-day game. Now, through the Irani Cup, he wants to get back to the India Test squad for the Australia series.

The left-handed youngster scored a century on debut against Sri Lanka. But since then, his Test credentials have not been so good. However, his growth as One Day International and Twenty20 batsman has been phenonmenal.

Now, part of the Irani Cup with Rest of India side against Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai, Raina wants to score runs in this game and win back his Test spot. The match starts at Wankhede Stadium on February 6.

"I have been scoring runs in last 10 matches. So this is the chance. I need to do well in this game; then I can come back to the Test team. Hoping for the best. I am looking forward to this game," Raina said on Monday (February 4).

So far, Raina has played 17 Tests since making his debut in Sri Lanka in 2010. He averages 28.44 with 768 runs and only one hundred.

The Uttar Pradesh batsman feels he is capable of playing 50 Tests in his career. His last Test for India was in September, 2012 against New Zealand in Bangalore.

" I am working hard and batting well. I hope I make a good score. Then I will get a chance (to play in the Tests against Australia)," Raina added.

The number six slot in India Test team had been occupied by Yuvraj Singh before he was dropped and replaced by Ravindra Jadeja in the recent England series.

The first India-Australia Test starts in Chennai on February 22.


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