Suresh Raina eyes selection in Test side for Australia series

Suresh Raina says he wants to bat up in the order © Getty Images

By Kushan Sarkar
Dharamsala: Jan 26, 2013

He has relished the role of a finisher in one-dayers but given a chance, Suresh Raina won’t mind batting higher up the order as he believes it would give him a chance to plan his innings better and make a comeback in the Indian Test fold.
“Definitely, I would like to bat higher up the order, If I am given a chance, I would like to give my 100 per cent as it will also give me an opportunity to play more overs. I have enjoyed batting at No 5,6 or 7 where you need to bat till the finish,” Raina told media persons on the eve of the fifth and final ODI against England to be played on Sunday.
India have already pocketed the series by taking a 3-1 lead.
For someone, who has been an indispensable part in India’s ODI scheme of things, Raina has a Test average of less than 30. But the left-hander is still hopeful of making a comeback in the Test fold.
“If you talk about my Test performance, I scored a 50 in one of my last three innings. I believe that I can make a comeback in Tests,” the 26-year-old stated.
That he is eyeing a Test slot in the Australia series became evident when he stressed on the importance of doing well in the Irani Cup to be held from February 6-10.
“Yes, Irani Trophy will be very important but at this point, I want to focus on doing well in tomorrow’s match. Although, we have won the series, it would be nice if we can finish with a 4-1 margin.”