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‘Was hungry to get a hundred’

Rest of India’s Suresh Raina after reaching his century, at the Wankhede, on Thursday. (PTI)

Mumbai: Having scored a brilliant 134 for Rest of India against Mumbai on Thursday, Suresh Raina said he would try to make it count if he is selected for the India Test squad.

India will be playing Australia in a four-Test series, the first of which starts in Chennai from February 22.

“I’m hitting the ball really well and I’m in good form... The four half-centuries that I scored against England in the ODIs and this hundred have given me a lot of confidence.

“I was disappointed that I didn’t get any hundreds (against England), so I was hungry to score a hundred in this game,” said Raina.

“Fortunately, I could manage to score one… God has been really kind. If I get the chance against Australia, I will prove myself again,” said the left-handed batsman.

Raina lost his place in the Test team after an unimpressive show in the two-Test series against New Zealand in September.

The 26-year-old UP batsman, who has figured in 17 Tests thus far, wants to score big centuries. “It’s very important for me to score big hundreds… 150s and 160s… It would help me to get tougher mentally and prepare for Test matches. I have done that in the past and have scored two or three double hundreds in first-class cricket.

“When you score a lot of big hundreds, it definitely helps your batting,” Raina said.

Raina said he combined well with Abhimanyu Mithun, with whom he put on a 153-run stand for the seventh wicket.“I shared a good partnership with Mithun. He was batting well and we were communicating well.”

Raina, who scored his 11th first-class hundred, said he learnt the art of batting with lower-order batsmen from the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. (PTI)