India opener Murali Vijay is ready to capitalise on an unfortunate injury to young gun Prithvi Shaw, declaring he has no fear of Australian conditions after scoring a ton in the tour match and almost certainly sealing his spot for the Test series opener in Adelaide.
Vijay smashed an entertaining 129, including 16 fours and five sixes, in the warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI.
After being dropped following a pair in the second Test against England earlier this year, the 34-year-old was seen to be in a fight with incumbent KL Rahul to open the batting alongside Shaw in Adelaide.
But a ligament injury on Friday ruled out the teenager, making Vijay and Rahul prime contenders for opening slots.
Others with an outside chance include Shikhar Dhawan or even uncapped Mayank Agarwal.
"We come from the same part of India, so we understand each other well," Vijay said of Rahul, who scored 62 in India's second innings against the CA XI.
"He is a good guy to bat with and he is fun. Hopefully we can carry that momentum forward into the first Test."
"It suits me because I'm a batsman who likes to play off the back foot," he said.
"Australia is one place where you get the bounce so you can play shots.
"It always feels good to go to grounds where you have scored runs, it helps you a lot and I have good memories of it and looking forward to the Adelaide Test."
After being axed following his Lord's failure, Vijay worked his way back into contention through a spell with Essex and said he had never given up hope of earning a 60th Test cap.