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Kohli says “hungry” India ready for South Africa tour

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Updated: 04:00 GMT, Dec 29, 2017 | Published: 03:52 GMT, Dec 28, 2017 |
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Virat Kohli at a press conference

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday (December 27) said his men were ready to tour South Africa and record their first test series victory.

Kohli, who was rested during India’s Twenty20 series win against Sri Lanka earlier this month, urged his team to embrace the testing conditions they will experience on tour, which are traditionally more suited to the fast bowlers. The Indian skipper said his team had hit a purple patch after a successful home season and would strive to perform well abroad.

India have retained their number one spot in the test rankings on the back of a formidable home record, but Kohli reckons his team have the opportunity to improve further during trips to South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand over the next 18 months.

India have played 17 tests against the Proteas in South Africa, winning two and losing on eight occasions. Seven tests ended in draws. India will play three tests beginning on Jan. 5 in Newlands, Cape Town. They also face South Africa in six one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches.

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