Sledging Virat Kohli will hurt Australia: David Warner : Cricket, News

Australia vice-captain David Warner has suggested that they won’t sledge in-form India skipper Virat Kohli at the approaching Test series starting February 23.

“As an example, it is about going out there and playing our brand of cricket. Virat Kohli is among these gamers, in case you niggle at him, it either makes him better or he’ll probably get better if you get under his skin. He’s a world class player right now and for all, it is all about going out and playing the best cricket we can,” said Warner in the end of this attracted warm-up match against India A in the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday. ()

“We are not going out there to entertain the concept of sledging or banter. It is out there and playing good cricket and a great brand of cricket and ensuring it is in the spirit of this match,” added Warner that, according to India A’s double centurion Shreyas Iyer, was among the two players that sledged him on Saturday.

“I thought Lyon bowled really well. Whenever you have got a player (Iyer) who is in on a hundred, then it is always tough to include with short boundaries. Think to tinker a little bit, you have got to try. And out there he did that, he requested some of the gamers what their thoughts were,” said Warner.

He said the team had set plans to cancel the number one twist hazard of India, Ravichandran Ashwin.

“There are different bowlers that people need to be mindful of. So we understand that he’ll play a crucial a role in this, but since I have said we just have to adapt to the terms and evaluate if we are on the market.

“The guys are in a excellent state of mind, we’re all set to go. We’re pumped. And it has been a much-anticipated series so we’re really looking forward to getting out there,” he added.