Mumbai: Ecstatic after scoring a brilliant 134 for Rest of India against Mumbai in Irani Cup on Thursday, Suresh Raina said that if given a chance in the Test team against Australia, he will try to make the best of it.
"I was disappointed about not scoring a ton against England in the ODIs. So I had more desire to make a hundred in this game. The last four 50s and now a hundred have made me tougher. I'm hitting the ball really well and if I get a chance against Australia in the upcoming Test series, I will prove myself again," said Raina, adding that it’s important for him to score big runs.
"It's very important for me to just look to score 100, 150 or more. Then only can I be mentally tougher 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," said Raina, who has just one hundred from his debut match against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2010.
Talking about the match Raina said he combined well with Abhimanyu Mithun for a valuable 153-run the seventh wicket partnership. “It was a good partnership. We were communicating well. Over the years I have learnt from my seniors like Dhoni, Yuvraj and Michael Hussey that it's always good to trust your partner, specially 7,8,9," he said.
Speaking about Mumbai’s batting line-up, Raina said that his side has a lot of hard work ahead. " They still have Ajinkya Rahane. Still they have two more brilliant batsmen (Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma) to come. So we have to work really hard tomorrow."