India pacer Mohammed Siraj felt that work he put during lockdown and India A tours helped him prepare to be ready for his Test debut at the second Test here in Melbourne.

The pacer has picked up three wickets so far, two in the first and one in the second as India seized control of the match on the third day.

“The performance in domestic cricket and India A tour has helped me focus on the basics consistently. During the lockdown, I worked on my fitness and my bowling. I did well in the IPL and that gave me confidence that I can do well for India as well,” said Siraj after the third day’s play on Monday.

The Hyderabad pacer, who picked up one wicket on the third day as the Indian bowlers reduced the host to 133 for six after taking a 131-run lead said there was not much help for the bowlers and that patience will be the key to bowling out Australia soon on the fourth day.

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