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After Cricket Australia’s internal culture review, there may be several changes to the way Australia deal with verbal confrontation on the field. However, Australia’s captain Aaron Finch doesn’t believe Virat Kohli will change the level of aggression India plays with through their entire tour.
“Virat plays the way that gets the best out of himself and at times for him that’s about being verbal for his team, pumping them up and being right in the contest,” Finch said. “He loves that. The verbal won’t change whatsoever, what he was referring to was his aggression. Verbal is encouragement for teammates and stuff like that.”
Fierce, but not abuse
“It’s not abuse, you see how passionate he is about the game, and it’s not just when he plays for India, when he plays for anyone it’s the same. In terms of verbal it’s not going to change at all, it’ll still be fierce and he’ll have a presence out there, but whether it’s banter or a bit of sledging here and there I don’t expect that.”
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 20, 2018
Knowing what to expect
“Most of the Indian guys have been here before and know what to expect, so with so much cricket being played these days it’s probably not as foreign as what it was going back some time. There’s an opportunity to use that as our go-to, no doubt. It’s going to be an exciting series, India are in great form, and we feel as though we’ve been building really nicely without the results going our way so far. It’ll be good fun.”
How good is India’s pace attack?
“When you look at India in the past you might have seen pace as a bit of a weak link, but now I think they have every base covered through their list. That’s going to go a long way to deciding the games as well, who plays better in the Powerplay. Whether they go with the finger spin or with the quicks who can move the ball, it’s going to be a good contest. In terms of our batting it’s just about trying to minimise that damage when it does happen.”
Will Australia engage in verbal banter?
“Going hard doesn’t mean being verbal or in people’s faces. It can be about your body language, your presence at the crease, when you’ve got the ball in your hand. How you move around the field as a team, diving in the circle and cutting off ones. That’s presence and fierceness and that’s tough cricket. The verbal stuff’s the easy stuff and that gets lost sometimes.”