Pathan inspired by Test century

BANGALORE - India all-rounder Irfan Pathan believes the confidence he gained by scoring a maiden Test century against Pakistan yesterday will help his bowling while he tries to regain a permanent Test spot.

BANGALORE - India all-rounder Irfan Pathan believes the confidence he gained by scoring a maiden Test century against Pakistan yesterday will help his bowling while he tries to regain a permanent Test spot.

Playing in his first Test in more than a year, Pathan blasted 102 after Yuvraj Singh slammed 169 and Saurav Ganguly hit 239 to help the hosts post 626 in the first innings of the third and final Test.

The visitors, trailing 1-0 in the series, were 86 for one in reply at stumps on day two.

"The boost in confidence will also help my bowling," Pathan told reporters.

The left-armer, opening the attack, bowled four maidens in nine overs after being drafted into the squad for the final Test following injuries to spearhead Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel.

l West Indies believe the lack of Test matches on their tour of Zimbabwe will count against them when they come to South Africa to play three Tests.

"We will just have to rely on our lengthy previous experience," acting coach Henderson Springer told reporters after yesterday's last scheduled match of a one-day series that Indies won 3-1, was washed out. - Reuters

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