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Vijay: Pune pitch was not poor

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India batsman Murali Vijay

Murali Vijay described the wicket for the first Test against Australia as "challenging" rather than poor and warned India will be ready to show what they are made of in the rest of the series.

Steve O'Keefe claimed sensational match figures of 12-70 as India's 19-match match unbeaten run in the longest format came to a juddering halt with an emphatic 333-run defeat inside three days.

A surface which offered sharp turned from the start was described as a dustbowl, which ICC match referee Chris Broad rated as "poor" in his report.

But India opening batsman Vijay felt that was a harsh verdict.

"I don't go into a match seeing the wicket, I go in with an open mindset," Vijay told reporters in Bangalore, where the second game of the four-match series starts on Saturday.

"If the wicket does something extra, I just try to adapt. That's where technique comes into play.

"I won't say the Pune wicket was a poor one. It was a much more challenging wicket from ball one.

"As cricketers we need to play on such wickets at times. Rather than playing every time on a flat track or a seaming wicket."

Vijay said India are not dwelling on their loss last weekend as they look to show the sort of response you would expect from the top-ranked team in the world.

"We are looking forward for this game and start fresh and put the pressure back on the Australians," he added.

"So I think it is going to be a good challenge for us as a team and it is going to test our character and that is what we are playing cricket for and hopefully we can now play the way we have to play, like we have played before."

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