India's Murali Vijay plays a shot.
India's Murali Vijay plays a shot. Tsering Topgyal

Opener says India will dominate Test series

CRICKET: Indian opener Murali Vijay predicts the home team will be "dominating" Australia in the Test series on the sub-continent beginning later this month.

Vijasy, who is back from a shoulder injury picked up in the final Test against England in December, said that while the Aussies had changed their approach by picking more slow bowlers, he predicted a similar scenario to the series in India with England, which ended 4-0 to the home team.

"It looks like Australia have a new strategy for the India tour as they have packed their squad with spinners," Vijay said ahead of the first Test in Pune, which starts on February 23.

"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 4-0."

Vijay twice lost his wicket to Mitchell Starc during the tour of Australia in 2014-15 but said he was ready for whatever the left-arm quick could throw at him on home soil.

"I'm up for the challenge," he said.

"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."

The 32-year-old opener was also asked to give tips to the Australians on how to play on spin-friendly wickets.

"Your stance is where it all begins," Vijay said.

"I do make subtle adjustments.

"For instance, when I bat in Australia where the bounce is more, I stand more upright.

"In India, where the ball doesn't bounce as much, I am more crouched so that I get on top of the ball.

"Adjusting your footwork to the pitch at the start of an innings on day one as an opener can be hard.

"The best is to always look for the full ball. Your natural instincts will take care of the short delivery."