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Cricket-Minimise mistakes, heed details – Kohli tells India team mates

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Updated: 12:06 GMT, Nov 20, 2018 | Published: 09:23 GMT, Nov 20, 2018 |
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India will look to minimise their mistakes and “do the little things right” in Australia, touring captain Virat Kohli said in Brisbane on Tuesday (November 20) ahead of the three-match Twenty20 series that marks the beginning of their two-month tour Down Under.

Wednesday’s Twenty20 International in Brisbane will be followed by matches at Melbourne and Sydney before the four-test series gets underway in Adelaide on December 06.

India, currently the top test team, have not lost a home series since late 2012 but have struggled outside the sub-continent, beaten 2-1 in South Africa and 4-1 in England this year.

They, however, fancy their chances against an Australian team yet to recover from a ball-tampering scandal that led to bans for former captain Steve Smith, opener David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft.

“We don’t want to be a team that wins one odd test match here and there,” Kohli told reporters on Tuesday. “We have figured out our mistakes in England which, I have mentioned before, were very radical.

Cricket Australia on Tuesday said Smith, Warner and Bancroft will serve out their bans in full but Kohli felt India, who lost 2-0 in their previous four-match series in Australia in 2014-15, would still need to be at their best to succeed.

Meanwhile, Australian cricket team captain, Aaron Finch said he respected Cricket Australia’s (CA) decision to ban Smith and Warner.

Smith and Warner will serve out their one-year bans in full after a review of the punishments by the board of CA, the governing body said on Tuesday. Smith and Warner were handed the bans from international and state cricket after the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian Cricket in March this year.

 

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