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India top order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara termed his Adelaide ton one of his best after his marathon effort rescued the visitors from a precarious situation to 250-9 at close of day one of the first Test against Australia.

Pujara, who crossed 5,000 Test runs on his way to a patient 123, credited a stint at Yorkshire earlier this year for his preparation.

The 30-year-old rated his 16th Test century as among his most memorable, hitting seven fours and two sixes in his 246-ball stay at the crease.

"It was one of my top innings in Test cricket, I could say top five. I can't rate whether it was one of the best but the teammates who were appreciating said that this is one of the best," he said.

Pujara began slowly, grinding out ones and twos, and only really started going after the bowlers as they tired towards the end of the day.

He was run out attempting a quick single on the second-last ball of the day by a diving Pat Cummins.

"I was a bit disappointed but I had to take that single because only the last two balls were left and I thought I should be on strike, so I took the chance but he fielded brilliantly," he explained.

Pujara tends not to play much white ball cricket and said the extra time he had to prepare for the Test series had paid dividends.

"It means a lot, but I would also like to say that people say that I've scored more runs in India.

"But at the same time you need to look at the number of matches we play in India. So I will obviously score runs there.

"At times I've had bad phases playing overseas but I still feel very confident when it comes to different conditions.

"Playing county cricket has helped me a lot, and playing in England conditions are always challenging and when you come to Australia you know that it is slightly better.

"And as I said, I had a pretty decent time to prepare before this Test series."

Pujara has had two stints as an overseas player for county side Yorkshire, in 2015 and again during the recent English summer. He has also appeared for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

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