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Australia a top side but we will dominate them - Murali Vijay

Murali Vijay is looking forward to lock duel with Mitchell Starc
Murali Vijay is looking forward to lock duel with Mitchell Starc
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Tamil Nadu opening batsman Murali Vijay is confident that India will emerge victorious in the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia that kicks-off on 23rd February in Pune.

The last time, Australia won an away series against India was during 2004/05 when Adam Gilchrist led to a 2-1 triumph.

However, since then both teams have competed in eight matches spread across three series between them, out of which India have won eight and two ended in a draw while the last two series have been a whitewash.

Vijay, who recently recovered from a shoulder injury which he sustained during the final game of the series against England, admitted he was surprised by Australia's inclusion of four spinners in the squad but insisted that India will aim for another whitewash.

"It looks like Australia have a new strategy for India tour as they have packed their squad with spinners,” said Vijay.

"What we have to do is to focus on our preparation.

"Aussies are a top side, but we have been playing a great brand of cricket for the past three years.

"I think we will be dominating the Aussies.

"Our approach would be winning the series four-nil."

Most recently, Australia toured Sri Lanka where they lost the number one ranking in Tests following a 0-3 series whitewash which had raised doubts on their ability to combat spin friendly conditions.

Despite, the defeat, Mitchell Starc was exceptional in the series as he ended the second leading wicket-taker behind Rangana Herath after snaring 28 scalps from three matches.

The 32-year-old will have a daunting task of negating Starc with the new ball and Vijay said he is looking forward to the battle.

"I’m up for the challenge.

"I have a strong belief in my ability and I’m sure it will hold me in good stead.

I’m also working on a few aspects to enhance my game."

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