India Test opener Murali Vijay feels the one-off Test against Afghanistan in Bengaluru next week will be a good preparation for tough England tour starting on August 1.
Speaking to Times of India, Vijay was quoted as saying, “The Test against Afghanistan gives us an opportunity to go out there and express ourselves. It will definitely be an interesting game and from there on, the strategies for the England series will start.”
Vijay added that though Afghanistan might be making their debut in Tests, they cannot be taken lightly. “Afghanistan is a quality side and Test cricket as such is a test for any player,” he added.
Speaking about the upcoming England challenge, Vijay stated, “Even experienced players tend to struggle in England as the conditions are alien. Scoring runs in such conditions is a mental game and you have to be persistent. It is important to bide your time, believe in yourself and runs will come. That’s what I have looked to do throughout my career.”
Vijay has featured in five Tests in England, and has a century and two fifties to his credit. He, along with, Ajinkya Rahane, is one of the few ones to have done well away from home.
--By A Cricket Correspondent