Dravid: Binny has justified selection with the bat

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Former captain Rahul Dravid has supported the ongoing selection of all-rounder Stuart Binny in India's Test XI.

Former captain Rahul Dravid has supported the ongoing selection of all-rounder Stuart Binny in India's Test XI.

Binny scored a mere single in the first innings of the opening Test against England at Trent Bridge earlier this month – and was largely under-bowled by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The talented right-hander, however, struck a fluid half-century amid the closing throes in Nottingham – and was retained for the second match at Lord's in London. He perished for just nine on Thursday, though.

"Well, I think Stuart has has definitely justified his selection with the bat and I thought he batted really well. It's never easy to bat when you're under that kind of pressure in your first game," the <i>Times of India</i> quoted Dravid as saying.

"I thought he played really well. It wasn't a wicket for his kind of bowling, so I'm not that concerned. I think if the conditions suit his kind of bowling, then you will see he can bowl a lot better and he will be quite effective."

The veteran Dravid, meanwhile, questioned the consistency of India's opening bastmen. The right-handed Murali Vijay has gathered a promising stretch of form, but the left-handed Shikhar Dhawan was found wanting at Trent Bridge and Lord's.

"As a pair, the openers have not had a big partnership. They got off to a good start in the first Test but somehow Dhawan could not make it count. Vijay played really well and I am happy for him. He has worked very hard and he certainly deserved the century . It was a good from the Indian perspective," he added.

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