Australian Test captain Tim Paine is confident that home side’s pace bowling attack led by Mitchell Starc will trouble Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the upcoming four-match Test series. Paine believes if fast-bowlers bowl to their full potential they have in them to put Kohli on the back-foot. “I think our fast bowling attack. if they play purely on skill, they're going to trouble him,” Paine told cricket.com.au. India vs Australia 2018, 1st Test: Virat Kohli Says, 'I Don't Find Need to Get Involved in Confrontation With Australians'.
The Australian skipper further added that his side needs to maintain the calmness and that will help them execute their skills perfectly. “At times when we get too emotional, we can lose our way a little bit. So it's a really fine line. There's going to be times when they're going to get a bit fiery, I'm sure. But we need to be mindful of keeping ourselves calm enough so we can execute our skills as well,” Paine added.
The Australian wicketkeeper-batsman also said that when needed his players will ‘have a word with Kohli’. "He's certainly someone who, from what I've seen, enjoys getting into that sort of stuff. We’ll just play it by ear; if there's a time when we think we need to have a word with him, I'm sure we will. If there are other times when we feel like we're bowling well against him and are troubling him, then you don't have to do it. It's just about picking your time and picking your moment and doing what the team requires,” Paine said. Virat Kohli’s Funny Reaction After Taking a Wicket in India vs Cricket Australia XI Practice Match, Watch Video.
Interestingly, on the last two Test tours, Kohli smashed five centuries. Three of which came in Adelaide, which is going to host the first Test. The opening match begin on December 06. The T20I series was earlier shared by the two teams and now the focus will be on the all-important Test series.