Return to Test cricket is a challenge: Dravid

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 28, 2010 17:46 hrs

New Delhi: Rahul Dravid will make a comeback with the Sri Lanka series after being knocked down by a Shahadat Hossain bouncer in Bangladesh in January. The veteran batsman feels it will be a challenge to make a successful return to Test cricket.

Dravid scored an unbeaten century against Bangladesh in the second Test before injury ruled him out of the South Africa series.

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"Sometimes, it is little bit of challenge to return to Test cricket after a long break but there is preparation time in Sri Lanka. I am looking forward to some match practice before the series," Dravid told reporters here Monday on the sidelines of the launch of 'Limca Book of Records 2010'.

Dravid, however, said the break from cricket was good for him and that he has been training for the last six weeks to be well prepared for the tour.

"Sri Lanka is a very formidable team and they play tough cricket at home. In the last two times we travelled there, we won a Test match but did not win the series. It is a positive sign to win a Test there but it is now important for us to keep that performance going right throughout the upcoming series.

"We have got a good team. We have got bowlers who are capable of taking 20 wickets, which is important to win a Test. If we can put runs on the board, hopefully we will have a good series."

Dravid also said that Indian batsmen have learned to tackle mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis, who took 26 wickets against India in his debut series for Sri Lanka at home.


"He is still a good bowler. He was completely new to us when we toured Sri Lanka last time. He got the measure of our team last time, there is no doubt about it. He played a major role in the series. But hopefully, we have learned our lesson.

"We played him pretty well when he came to India. Having said that, international bowlers keep on improving, international bowlers come up with new tricks every time. But hopefully we will have the answers to whatever Mendis throws at us this time."

India will play the first Test at Galle July 18.

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