Brushing off any disappointment from being lost midway during the England Test series, India opener Murali Vijay said Saturday he will fancy his chances on the bouncier Australian wickets, that favor his backfoot game.
The four-day tour match ended in a draw as India scored 211 for two in their second innings in response to Cricket Australia XI’s 544. Vijay scored 129 off 132 balls, racing from 52 to the three-figure markers in the area of 27 balls, such as taking 26 runs off.
The Tamil Nadu opener didn’t get to bat in the first innings but he made the most of the chance in the second innings after opening the batting with KL Rahul.
Vijay got the opportunity to get back to his favored batting position after Prithvi Shaw’s injury on the next day of this match. Shaw twisted his ankle while fielding on Friday and was subsequently ruled from their first Test in Adelaide following reports revealed that a lateral ligament injury in his left ankle.
The 34-year-old is now expected to return to the playing XI for the first Test starting December 6 together with Rahul as his spouse.
Vijay denied any concerns about the hosts putting on a 540-odd score, despite India using all of their Test bowling resources. He said the simple idea of the clinic game is to get fine-tuned for the Test series ahead.
He also said India was not beginning the competition as favorites, but only aimed to play decent cricket.
“Anyone can score runs. We play in Accordance with the wicket. We tried our very best to get them out. But obviously, our intensity was not around the mark because we had been trying a few things and that’s going to occur in a practice game.
“That’s why we are here. We had ready to play four days but missed out on one day. Our bowlers had a fantastic stint today and they could prepare well.
“Everybody has their practice completed. We are now working on some specifics and the entire idea of practice game is to get the feel going.”