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Wednesday , November 14 , 2012
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I am built for Test cricket: Raina

New Delhi: Seeking to prove his detractors wrong, Suresh Raina has stated that he’s “built” for Test cricket and is working on playing the short ball — perceived to be the batsman’s weakness — better.

“I know I am built for Test cricket. I have done well in Tests. I played well in the West Indies (last year). The first Test in England also went well for me. I am working hard.

“The No.6 or 7 slot is a difficult one to bat at. Henceforth, I will ensure that I will prove I am capable of being a good Test player whenever I get a chance,” Raina said.

About being perceived as a limited-over cricketer, he said: “People will talk about me being a one-day player but let them talk, I know I have time. (In Tests) I have been out eight or nine times to spinners and I am working on that. I have won T20s and ODIs for India, (but) haven’t got such a chance in Tests.”

As far as playing the short ball is concerned, he said he has been working on it.

“People talk about the short ball. I am leaving the ball well, I am playing it well. If I couldn’t play the short ball, well, then I wouldn’t have scored in the West Indies and also in England. People talk about all Indian players not playing the short ball well. We are working on it.”