New Zealand’s Ferguson not expecting to make India test series

Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill

Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill

It's still unlikely, but a different, left-field option may have presented itself to India's team management.

"As a player, I am prepared to bat anywhere", Vihari said at the end of the day's play. "As I said before as well if the team requires me to bat wherever I am ready to bat", said Vihari, who retired after scoring 101 off 182 balls as quoted by Republic.

With Shaw and Mayank Agarwal in the squad and could possibly open for India and with KL Rahul not included in the 15-member squad, his position opens up.

Whenever he bats, there's a sense of calmness about Vihari, a sense that he has a plan and won't be swayed from it too easily.

"The talk was to bat time and to see off the new ball", he said.

Vihari said he was pleased to have worked out a way to adjust to testing conditions.

"I am obviously super stoked to be playing one-dayers and T20s for New Zealand, I love every moment of it, but playing red-ball has been a big goal of mine".

"At the worldwide level, you have to be thinking on your feet", he said.

In the now ongoing warm-up game against New Zealand XI, both Shaw and Gill were dismissed by Scott Kuggeleijn before the duo managed to open their account.

As for the first Test of the series, it will be played at Basin Reserve in Wellington from February 21.

"Since I started playing professional cricket, it has been my goal to play test cricket, because personally I feel that's the biggest challenge", he said.

"When the wicket flattens out, they (NZ bowlers) try to experiment with the short balls and I am sure even Neil Wagner will come up with the same ploy".

The Kiwis had lost their last Test series in Australia where they were whitewashed in the three-match rubber. "If I am playing in a test match, I can back myself to play 300 balls, 350 balls and after that, when you go out to the field, I won't be that exhausted. We are prepared for it". "It's good exposure for us".

"Maybe we'll get pitches like these", he said. "Because their [New Zealand's] strength is fast bowling, so maybe they'll give this much grass or a little less". Not that it's easy to make any of the sides, but they've been exceptional for so long, and especially the fast-bowling attack, that's been very settled for a long time.

Ferguson was involved two years ago when the Aces last won the domestic one-day title, taking 3-28 as they beat the Central Stags in New Plymouth, and he said he was looking forward to Sunday's final.

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