Indian veteran Murali Vijay has confirmed that he is ready to replace injured opener Prithvi Shaw ahead of the first Test next week in Adelaide.
The 34-year-old made his presence felt on day four of the lone warm-up match against the Cricket Australia XI at the SCG, smashing 129 runs off 132 deliveries.
Not only this, the opener also smashed 26 runs in an over bowled by Jake Carder, indicating his confidence.
"Basically, I am ready, I just want to go out there and contribute and give a good start for my team," said Vijay following the conclusion of the clash against Cricket Australia XI.
"I have always been aiming at that and nothing different this time."
"It's an interesting series for us and hopefully we can start it well."
"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," he added.
Vijay has been out of contention for a spot in the Indian team, following a poor performance against England at Lord's in August.
However, the opener continued to train hard, in order to make use of an opportunity which arises, as has been the case in Sydney.
"You have to work and find ways to work things out," he said.
"If you are not part of the team, you have to make sure you keep your work ethics at the top level and once you get the chance you have to be ready to go.
"That was my basic fundamental after being dropped in England until now."
The first Test between India and Australia is all set to take place on December 6 at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.