Australia have to be patient and disciplined against Virat Kohli: Michael Hussey

first_imgMichael Hussey said he was certain Australia will prepare well to deal with the Virat Kohli threat this summer but he urged the hosts to be patient and disciplined against the Indian captain. Kohli will lead the charge for India in a three-match T20I series followed by a four-Test series and a three-match ODI series.Kohli has been in sensational form since 2016 – a year which began with his domination of Australia in the ODI and T20I series. India lost the ODIs 1-4 but blanked the hosts 3-0.In 2014-15, Kohli had smashed 692 runs including four hundreds from four Tests but that was somehow still not enough as India went down 0-2.Given Kohli’s current form – he is the No.1 Test and ODI batsman and happens to be the leading scorer in both formats this year – the Aussies will have their task cut out. Hussey believes proper execution of plans would be key.”The Australians will prepare well against Kohli, but it comes down to execution. In my view the Aussies need to be incredibly patient and disciplined for long periods of time against a world class player like Kohli,” Hussey told news agency PTI.Read – India favourites but not easy to beat Australia in Australia: Mike HessonAustralia will be without two of their biggest stars Steve Smith and David Warner for the entire duration of India’s tour. The pair is serving a one-year ban over the ball-tampering scandal and their absence has prompted experts to dub India favourites especially in the Test series which starts from December 6.advertisementAlso read – Bowlers are in a great space but batsmen need to step up in Australia: Virat KohliIndia have never won a Test series in Australia and it could well be their best chance to rewrite history.However, Hussey reckoned that would be easier said than done as the Australian pace attack was potent enough to challenge the other batsmen in the Indian team. With the exception of Kohli, India’s batsmen have struggled in South Africa and England, consequently losing two Test series.”I do think India have a good chance as they have an excellent team with some very good fast bowlers. However, I think Australia’s bowling attack is world class and will challenge the Indian team, particularly the younger players in Australian conditions. Australia always play well at home and hence will be very hard to beat,” Hussey said.Also read – Virat Kohli promises to give it back if Australia are aggressiveHussey said India will also miss all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has not played since picking up an injury during the Asia Cup.”I think Hardik is a wonderful talent and I am sure his game style would have been suited to the Australian conditions. Add to that, the balance he offers the team with his all-round abilities, yes I think his absence will hurt India,” Hussey said.last_img read more

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