Vijay declares himself fit for Proteas Tests


India opener Murali Vijay says he will be fit in time for the Test series against South Africa next month, and has resumed training as he recovers from his hamstring injury.

The batsman missed two of the three recent Tests against Sri Lanka due to the injury, but is confident he'll be back on track come the first Test match against the Proteas on 5 November.

Vijay, who will also hope to be fit for the ODIs before the Tests, told Times of India: "I am feeling much better and have even begun batting."

Once a victim of rash shot selection, he says he has matured and is now able to play each ball on its merits: "If the ball is not in my hitting zone, I have learnt how to leave it.

"In any form of the game, you have to possess watertight technique since the bowlers are always looking to get you out – so shot selection becomes important.

"When the bowler is about to deliver the ball I ensure my concentration level is at its peak. I work hard to achieve that.

"Once I reach the non-striker's end, I look to enjoy my partner's batting and then switch back when my strike comes in again."