'Tougher' Raina waiting for Test recall after ton

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Updated: Friday, February 8, 2013, 10:40 [IST]
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'Tougher' Raina waiting for Test recall

Mumbai, Feb 8: Stating that recent good form has made him "tougher," Suresh Raina wants to prove himself again in Tests and is awaiting a recall for the forthcoming four-match series against Australia.

The left-hander, who struck a century for Rest of India against Mumbai in Irani Cup on Thursday, has been out of the Indian Test team since September last year. He was not part of the England series at home which the visitors won 2-1.

Now, having been in great form in One Day Internationals with four successive half centuries against England and a hundred here in Irani Cup, Raina is expecting a recall to the five-day game.

"I'm hitting the ball really well. The last four fifties (against England in ODIs) and a hundred (here) have made me tougher. I was disappointed that I didn't get any hundreds in the ODIs (against England), so I had more desire to make a hundred in this game," Raina said at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday after scoring 134.

"Fortunately it was done today and God has been really kind. Hopefully, when I get the chance against Australia, I will prove myself again," said Raina.

Raina has played 17 Tests and has only one hundred, which he scored in his debut against Sri Lanka in 2010. He averages 28.44 with 768 runs.

India selectors will meet on Sunday (February 10) to choose the squad for Australia Tests.


Story first published:  Friday, February 8, 2013, 10:38 [IST]
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