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Yuvraj ready for England challenge
Wednesday 06 July 2011

Ace Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh is ready to renew his rivalry with England star Kevin Pietersen. "I know that guy well and I am really keen to throw some more pies at him and others around him," Yuvraj told the Indian Express newspaper.

"And if my pies can contribute and get Pietersen's and some other valuable wickets, I would be really delighted."

The southpaw who was called a "pie-chucker" by Pietersen during a home Test series in 2008 wants to cement his place in the team for the longer-format.

"Test cricket is one area I would like to improve and do well. I want to be a permanent member of the Test side and I know that won't be easy," said Yuvraj, who has so far played 274 one-dayers but only 34 Tests.

"I will do whatever I can do to strengthen my Test records. The England tour will be one of the biggest challenges in my career but in every challenge there is an opportunity and that's how I would like to see things from here."

The four-Test series that begins from July 21st onwards will definitely test the Indian team to the hilt and Yuvraj is surely not taking the English lightly.

"England is a very good team and of late they have achieved some tremendous results as a Test side, so beating them at home would be a big task," he said.

"But we also have a very good and experienced side to combat them. Our overseas record also has improved a lot in the recent times. I am sure this is going to be a very competitive series." he concluded.

India, who won their last Test series in England in 2007 under Rahul Dravid, will also play five one-day internationals a one-off Twenty20 match during the tour.

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