Good show in Adelaide would boost team for ODIs: Raina

Good show in Adelaide would boost team for ODIs: Raina

A good performance in the inconsequential fourth and final Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval will be a shot in the arm for the demoralised Indian team ahead of the triangular one-day series to be held next month, said middle-order batsman Suresh Raina today.

"Still we have one Test left (commencing on January 24). I think the batting department will click. If we do well in the Test we will carry the confidence in the one-dayers. I wish them luck. Hopefully, they will do well," the 25-year-old left-hander told reporters at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

India have squandered the four-match Test rubber to Australia by losing the first three games at Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, and will be battling to avoid their second overseas whitewash on the trot after the debacle in England, where they were thrashed 4-0 by the hosts last year.

Raina, who is set to leave for Australia next week for the ODI series, was gung-ho about the chances of the Indian team, the reigning World Cup winners, in the triangular ODI series featuring Sri Lanka as the third outfit.

Reacting to Australian team coach Mickey Arthur's statement that the hosts will "hammer" the Indian team in the ODIs too, Raina said, "If we look at the last couple of years we have done really well. We are the world champions everyone knows that. When we go there (ODI team), he will get the answer.

"We were the champions in 2008 (when India had won the tri-series). Hopefully, we will see a good contest." Raina, who has scored 3,250 in 135 ODIs, said he has prepared thoroughly to counter the pace and bounce of the pitches in Australia.