Sehwag eyeing opener's spot at Perth says wicket suits him

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Canberra, Jan 12 (UNI) Dashing Indian opener Virender Sehwag today claimed that the Perth wicket would suit to his style of batting and intents to play his shots if given a chance in third Test that starts from January 16.

''I think the Perth wicket is good for me and good for batsmen because the ball comes on (with) pace and bounce so you can play your shots,'' he said.

Shrugging off the hype made over WACA pitch, Sehwag said ''I have played a couple of one-day games in Perth and done well.

''The ball comes on to the bat nicely and allows one to go for shots. It's a wicket that plays true. I always bat with a positive mindset and things won't be different here. And I never look at the pitch before batting, so the approach will be the same,'' he further added.

Meanwhile, Sehwag, who played his last Test more than a year back, said he preferred Tests to one-dayers.

''It gives me more time to play my natural game,'' he said adding ''In one-dayers, one has to think about runs, overs and different fields. Tests give me the chance to play an attacking game.'' Sehwag, however, after scoring a 73-ball hundred in the warm-up game against ACT invitational XI was confident of earning a spot and was happy that he had rediscovered his rhythm in this innings.

He was patchy in the first innings and struggled to to reach 24 before a brilliant catch did him in.

''I was trying to spend time at the wicket in the first innings but today the wicket was very slow. So I played like I did in the past.

''If there was a ball to be hit, I hit it. If I get my chance, I just want to grab the opportunity and come back to Test cricket,'' he said.

Admitting that he was trying hard to overcome negative mindset he said ''I spent a lot of time with my coach in Delhi, A N Sharma.'' ''We worked on my mindset. I've also been doing some yoga. I needed to get over a negative mindset which was making me play too many shots.

''I'm happy I batted with a positive mindset today,'' he added.

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