Cheteshwar Pujara: Sri Lanka Tests will help in preparing for South Africa tour

Nov 10, 2017, 14:12 IST | PTI

He is expected to play a major role during next year's tour of South Africa and Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that the upcoming Sri Lanka series will give him a "good opportunity" to prepare for the tough assignment ahead

He is expected to play a major role during next year's tour of South Africa and Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that the upcoming Sri Lanka series will give him a "good opportunity" to prepare for the tough assignment ahead. "Obviously, next year's South Africa series is something that is there at the back of my mind. The upcoming Sri Lanka series will be a good opportunity to prepare for the South Africa assignment. I am confident of doing well," Pujara said.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara

"The main preparation will certainly start closer to the series. But I believe once we assemble to play the Test series against Sri Lanka, there will be some serious discussions on the South African tour. There will be strategies and plans in place," he said Pujara had a fantastic outing against Sri Lanka few months back with scores of 153 and 133 in the first two Tests at Galle and Colombo. Sri Lanka's bowling attack wasn't up to the mark during that series but the Saurashtra right-hander will not like to be complacent ahead of a new series. "I agree that during the last series, Sri Lanka's bowling attack may not been one of the best but Test runs never come easy. You have to fight for every run that you score.," Pujara, 29, added.

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