Ashes Rohit Sharma determined to nail down India Test place

Under-pressure India batsman Rohit Sharma will not give up his place in the Test side without a fight ahead of the Sri Lanka series.

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Rohit Sharma knows he is in a "tricky position" ahead of India's Test series in Sri Lanka but the batsman is determined to prove he deserves a place in the side.

The 28-year-old has made just one half-century in his last 12 Test innings and is under pressure ahead of the upcoming three-match series - which starts in Galle on August 12.

Rohit made 177 on his Test debut in 2013 and another century in the next Test against West Indies, but has failed to reach three figures in the longest format since then and knows he must deliver in Sri Lanka.

He told the Board of Control for Cricket in India's official website: "It is very priceless [playing Test cricket]. It is very close to me. I don't want to let go of it so easily. It's not just me. Any cricketer you ask nobody wants to lose that spot.

"You know how hard you had to work for that spot. For me it was never easy. Let's make it very clear. I had to wait for five-six years before making my debut.

"Now, you know, I stand in a position where it's in a very tricky position. I definitely want to do well every Test match I play. But knowing how Test matches are played these days, it's not easy. In fact it was never easy. Test cricket. It is a challenge, and I love challenges."

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