Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Ricky Ponting calls for ‘hostile body language’ against Virat Kohli

Ricky Ponting calls for ‘hostile body language’ against Virat Kohli

"Our bowlers know what they have to do, they know what line and lengths to bowl in Australia".

Kohli insisted Test cricket was the "most attractive format of the game" despite the razzmatazz and hype around the shorter formats.

Australia won the first match of the series by 4 runs (DLS method), second match was abondoned due to rain and India won the third match by six wickets, where Virat Kohli played a match winning strike and made 61 runs of 41 balls.

"Like everything, it's all a negotiation, bilateral cricket - it's give and take and you move on with it", Eddings said.

He appeared to roll his ankle as he caught a Max Bryant shot at deep mid-wicket, before falling to the ground in agony and inadvertently throwing the ball over the boundary. Suffice to say, the pace bowlers of both teams will be thrilled.

Central to that contest will be India's captain Virat Kohli, whom Head has seen up close as a team-mate in the IPL.

"I have been working hard on my game and fitness, and I am looking forward to contributing in this series". I think we have a great team, they are fine young men, and I think they will do that.

"There's going to be times when they're going to get a bit fiery, I'm sure".

The 31-year-old, his country's most successful off-spinner, has become the master of his domain in Australia, capable of exacting wickets from the most grudging of pitches with subtle variations in drift and flight.

"It suits me because I'm a batsman who likes to play off the back foot", he said.

"They have got some terrific fast bowlers". We might stay for 20 balls or 80 balls, it's about how we feel and adapting when we get on the field.

Prior to that it was a four-wicket victory at Adelaide Oval in 2003, when Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman memorably shared an epic 303-run stand in response to a Ricky Ponting double-ton.

Pujara denied there was pressure on the Indian batsmen and said he was drawing confidence from his epic double century in Ranchi against an attack containing Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. I know how hard a work it is. "That transition is going to be important - we are doing that now".

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