Daily Excelsior – MELBOURNE:  Hanuma Vihari’s role as an opener is a stop-gap one and he will be given enough opportunities in his preferred middle-order spot should he fail at the top, assured chairman of selectors MSK Prasad.

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  • MELBOURNE:  Hanuma Vihari’s role as an opener is a stop-gap one and he will be given enough opportunities in his preferred middle-order spot should he fail at the top, assured chairman of selectors MSK Prasad.
  • Vihari along with debutant Mayank Agarwal will open the innings in the Boxing Day Test against Australia after the team management finally lost patience with the out-of-form duo of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay.
  • When asked if the new role is unfair on Vihari, who has only played two Tests so far, and doesn’t regularly open in domestic first-class cricket, Prasad said:”He would be given a fair chance in the middle order should he fail to make an impression as an opener in the next two Tests.
  • Having watched Vihari closely when he played domestic cricket for Andhra, Prasad feels that he has the game to face the new kookaburra.
  • Vihari opening the innings at the MCG is a sort of deja vu for Prasad, who was given the same role during the disastrous 1999 series where he found Brett Lee’s pace too hot to handle.


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