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Mathews set to play as batsman in India Tests

14 November 2017

Ravindra Jadeja will have a chance to reclaim the top spots among bowlers and all-rounders in the ICC rankings when India square up against Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series starting at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday.

About the team getting back into Test cricket: Team shape is very good. We all know how to adjust in different formats. Do that I think 5-6 maybe more than that.

"Yesterday we had a good practice session so it won't be hard to adjust". Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, and the "Prince of Kolkata", today inspected the pitch that will play host to the first India-Sri Lanka Test and mentioned that the track will produce a good contest. We know the conditions but we are not taking Sri Lanka lightly though we had a good series there. For us, each and every series, each and every match matters before going to South Africa. "We need to start well in this series". "We just want to think about our game rather than thinking about their combination or their strengths". I am just practising sweep, reverse sweep and paddle sweep to have my options open.

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"I am comfortable. For me, it's important to give my best in the nets".

About focus on the upcoming tour of South Africa: South Africa will be completely different.

"We learnt how Indian team does well and the areas we needed to improve", he said. Then comes South Africa.

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Veteran Rangana Herath will lead Sri Lanka's spin attack, supported by Dilruwan Perera and left-arm unorthodox Lakshan Sandakan. The mistake you can make here is come and be infatuated with the Indian side and concentrating too much on them. Even in the Ranji Trophy, was dismissed twice in the 40s recently. "I got four fifties in a row in the one-day series", Rahane said. Yes I got out on 49 and 45 in the Ranji Trophy but for me, it was important to play as many balls as possible and practice for the Test runs.

On managing the heavy workload that a contemporary cricketer had to cope with, Rahane felt a balance should be reached between training and recovery.

Coach Nic Pothas, who took over after Graham Ford left in June, said the India debacle had taught his team vital lessons.

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Mathews set to play as batsman in India Tests