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Former Australian Pacer Gillespie Warns Not To Mess With Virat Kohli

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| } September 14 , 2017 , 15:10 IST

Former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie, well-known for getting into verbal spats with rival batsmen, has warned the Australian team led by captain Steve Smith not to get in hair with Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Gillespie has expressed that engaging in a verbal spat with Indian players will not help Australian team in the 5 ODI and 3 T20 tournament with the country.

Coach of Papua New Guinea cricket team, Gillespie told the Times of India, "Kohli is an amazing player. Once the field spreads, he can bat safely. I don't think Australia needs to get into a verbal battle or get into staring competitions with Kohli. The best way to put him under pressure is through disciplined bowling. I would like to see the Aussie quicks bowl bouncers throat-high to get him on the back foot, make him think about it. The follow-up ball remains the key. Make him come forward inviting the drive. If there is movement off the wicket or in the air, then the edge comes into play. Maybe they can bowl on the stumps with two catchers on the on-side. It's about getting him out of his comfort zone.”

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He told the media outlet, “Australians can't say that they are not used to the conditions. I think what has to be said is that India is an amazing 50-over side. At home, India is almost unbeatable. It's a tough ask for any side. It's going to be a closely-fought series. I feel Australia will win 3-2."

“Starc is Australia's premier fast bowler in ODIs. It's unfortunate that he is not part of the series. But I feel the others can do the job. I don't expect Cummins to play every ODI. Maybe two-three out of the five. Coulter-Nile could play as many games as possible. I know the selectors think highly of Coulter-Nile because he bowls fast and hits the pitch hard. Hopefully, he can perform well in India,” he said.

He then signed off talking about the challenge Indian bowling poses to the team saying, “The Indian attack has the edge."

"The Indian seamers, Shami, Yadav, Bhuvneshwar, Jasprit Bumrah, adapt well to the surfaces in India. It appears to me that they have clear plans and are embracing the challenge of bowling on flat surfaces. I'm sure the Aussies too will go in with a similar attitude and they will not think that they will be belted around. Attitude is everything with regards to bowling in Indian conditions,” he said.