Mishra feels he’s ready for Test comeback


India spinner Amit Mishra was a surprising choice for the Tests against Sri Lanka coming up, having not played a Test in nearly four years, but he says he's a much better bowler than in 2011.

Mishra has played 13 Tests but averages a below-par 43 with the ball, and while he's been playing limited overs games on and off, he last featured in whites against England in 2011 at The Oval.

But he's been playing for India A against Australia A in Chennai, and joins Ravi Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh as the front-line spinners in the squad to go to Sri Lanka next month.

Mishra said: "No doubt I have more experience now. I have more experience of [assessing] how to bowl, how the partnership is going, how the wicket is, which batsman is playing how.

"My bowling has improved along those lines, and my thinking has improved. I feel I have made the improvement I had needed to make.

"I'm in the side, so if I get the opportunity, I'll give my best. I'm happy I am making a comeback to the Indian side. I will just go there and give my best.

"It will be a tough tour. The Sri Lankan players, whoever is there, they are good against spin, and the pitches are good for batting."

Mishra added that he was looking forward to playing a Test under new skipper Virat Kohli, who led the side during the 2014 Asia Cup and since took over from the retired MS Dhoni.

The spinner said: "He backs all the players, he talks to them, and I feel he will keep doing well in the matches to come. He has always supported me, and I'm sure he will continue supporting me when we go there.

"That's his nature. He always backs his players."