Murali Vijay glad to return to happy hunting ground

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India batsman Murali Vijay feels it will help that he returns to a venue that he has done well before as he prepares for the first Test against Australia in Adelaide on Thursday.

Vijay, who is likely to benefit from the horror injury to Prithvi Shaw and open the batting for India at the Adelaide Oval, scored 53 and 99 four years ago when India last played a Test at the ground.

The right-handed Vijay also believes Australian conditions will suit his batting style as he likes to play off the back foot in preparation to face more bounce from the home team’s pace bowlers.

Vijay said: “It suits me because I’m a batsman who likes to play off the back foot.

“Australia is one place where you get the bounce so you can play shots.

“It always feels good to go to grounds where you have scored runs, it helps you a lot and I have good memories of it and looking forward to the Adelaide Test.”

Vijay warmed up for the first Test by striking a century in India’s only warm-up game against a young CA XI in Sydney.

In that same match Shaw fell awkwardly while fielding and sustained ligament damage to his ankle ruling him out of at least the first Test.


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