Raina promises an improved show in tri-series

India batsman Suresh Raina yesterday promised a better performance in the limited overs contest Down Under beginning with their first T20 International against Australia here tomorrow.

Suresh Raina

India will play two T20 internationals against Australia before the tri-series, also involving Sri Lanka, that starts February 5.

Raina said the mood in the side remained positive despite the 0-4 thrashing in the Test series, adding that the "new boys" are passionate to do well in Australia.

"The motivation is good," Raina told here at the ANZ stadium, the venue for the first of the two T20 matches.
"We haven't done well in the Tests, but there is a passion inside to do well.

We have worked hard. The new boys have been playing a lot of first-class cricket and we have done well in internationals too. It will be a good challenge for the youngsters and we are ready," he said of the T20 side that has seven changes from the Test side.

When asked about his expectations from the series, Raina said: "The one-dayers and T20 games will go differently to how the Tests went. Hopefully, we will give you positive results. In the World Cup we beat them in the quarter-final and hopefully we will do well again."

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