Rohit only needs to see out first half hour in Australia to be successful: Nasser Hussain

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has backed the supremely gifted Rohit Sharma to come good as a Test opener on India's tour of Australia later this year, provided he sees out the first 30 minutes of the day.

Rohit, who had scored three hundreds including a double ton against South Africa at home in his debut series as Test opener last October, had missed on two games in New Zealand due to a calf injury.

The Australia tour will be his first big test as an opener in the longest format.

"If Rohit Sharma is not a Test match opener, I've been watching a different game... If you go and ask fellow cricketers who your favourite players, a lot of them will say Rohit Sharma," Hussain said in chat show on Sony Ten's 'Pit Stop'.

"Fellow cricketers watch Rohit Sharma and say this bloke seems to have so much time to bat."

Rohit, who has become an ODI great, has only played 32 Tests. Hussain advised caution to Rohit at the start of the innings.

"Test match cricket at the top of the order is about having time, it's about having a technique as well. You have to cover your off stump, like Virat did in England against Anderson, the way he left him outside after all his problems of the previous tour, that is a Test match cricketer.

"And that's the only thing Rohit has to do when he goes away from home and when is moving around. He has to just spend half an hour and say to the bowler you can have this half hour I'm going to leave you, I'm going to take the slip cordon out of play."

India are scheduled to play four Tests in Australia. Desk: Asianet Online