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Lokesh Rahul not thinking about first Test yet
BASSETERRE (ST. KITTS), Jul 17: With two fifties in the two practice games here, Indian batsman Lokesh Rahul has virtually staked claim for a Test spot when the series against the West Indies gets underway in Antigua on July 21 but the youngster says that thought has not yet struck him.
On day two of the second tour match against West Indies Board President’s XI, he retired not out on 64, following up on his score of 51 in the first warm-up match at the same ground earlier in the week. “Selection is something not in my control. As players we look to prepare and if an opportunity comes by, we want to do well, both for ourselves and for the team. There’s still a week to go before the Tests start, so in the next couple of days we will know who is playing and who is not. It’s not something I am worried about. What has to happen, will happen,” he said after the second day’s play against WICB President’s XI. “The idea was to come here early, get used to conditions. I’m really happy with the way I have batted in the last two innings. It has helped in getting used to the conditions here, and the weather is hot and humid. It is not easy to get runs out there, and I have tried to use these two innings and use the time before the Test series. I think I am prepared quite well,” he added.
The worrisome bit was that home side off-break bowler Rahkeem Cornwall picked up five for 118, again highlighting this Indian line-up’s frailty against spin.
“I think we will be at an advantage if the pitches are spin-friendly. We have three quality spinners who are in good form in the Test format, so we will be very happy if we get turning wickets,” he said.
“At the same time, we have firepower in pace department. All of them have increased their fitness levels and pace, so it is good to see them bending their back on tough wickets like these. They are getting the ball to carry, so it is a really good sign,” said the 24-year-old Karnataka batsman, shrugging off the five-wicket haul by Cornwall.... More
 
 
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