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Raval wants to keep occupying the crease

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/11/2016
Black Caps opener Jeet Raval © Getty Images Black Caps opener Jeet Raval

Black Caps opener Jeet Raval won't be reinventing the wheel as he prepares for the second cricket Test against Pakistan starting in Hamilton on Friday.

The Auckland Aces player made a successful debut to international cricket, scoring 55 and 36 not out in New Zealand's eight-wicket victory in Christchurch.

"Winning against the No.2 side in the world is always pleasing but our attention turns to preparation over the next couple of days and making sure we're ready for the challenge that lies ahead," he said.

"My role has always been simply to bat for as long as possible so, hopefully, if I can do that again, it will contribute to a Test win and that would be good."

The 28-year-old is averaging more than 44 runs an innings in first class cricket and believes patience was the key to his success at Hagley Oval.

"If you stick to your game plan and to your routines, then the boundary balls will come," he said.

"It's just a case of denying them for long periods of time.

"Defence is the key in Test cricket. If I can leave the ball well outside off stump, then they will have to bring the game back to my strengths."

Raval is also enjoying learning from his new batting partner, Tom Latham, as they strive to form a strong opening combination.

"Tom's really good - he's been around the traps for a while. He's really experienced and did well on the tour of India, South Africa and Zimbabwe," he said.

"It's nice chatting to him about opening the innings and he's faced these bowlers in the past so I really enjoy batting with him."

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