Indian cricketer Murali Vijay on Saturday (December 01) said he was confident to take on Australia in the first Test in Adelaide after scoring a century on the final day of their practice game in Sydney.

Vijay and opener KL Rahul are expected to start the innings for the touring side, who lost exciting 19-year-old batting prospect Prithvi Shaw for the Adelaide opener with an ankle injury.

India, the world’s top-ranked test side, got a second chance to bat in the tour match after the Cricket Australia XI kept them on the field for more than 151 overs, finally getting dismissed for 544 with a first innings lead of 186.

Vijay, dropped for the home two-Test series against West Indies, scored 129, his innings studded with 16 fours and five sixes. He smashed off-spinner Jake Carder for 26 in an over to reach his hundred.

Vijay said he likes to play on the back foot and the conditions in Adelaide would suit him as it has good bounce. During India’s last tour of Australia four years ago, Vijay raked up 482 runs in the series and got scores of 53 and 99 in the Adelaide test but for a losing cause.

Earlier, four batsmen from the representative side scored half-centuries, with wicketkeeper-batsman Harry Nielsen scoring 100 to make the Indian bowlers toil.

The touring side finished on 211 for two with the four-day non-first class match ending in a draw.

The test series begins in Adelaide on Thursday(December 06), with further matches in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.