Kohli still bracing for 'tame' Aussies' verbal barrage

Rob Forsaith
Kohli still bracing for 'tame' Aussies' verbal barrage

Virat Kohli doesn't expect Australia to retreat completely into their shells this summer.

Kohli will spearhead India's bid for their maiden Test series win in Australia, which starts at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

The visitors are still weighing up whether Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari will claim the final spot in their batting order, having named a 12-man squad on Wednesday.

Recent contests between the rivals have featured no shortage of bad blood and barbs, with Kohli admitting on Wednesday that both teams had been guilty of crossing the line.

But this week's series opener will be Australia's first home Test since the Cape Town cheating scandal, an event that has prompted them to tweak an in-your-face approach that had rubbed opposition players and fans the wrong way.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis described Aaron Finch's team as being "tame" during a recent ODI series, a description that upset Australia coach Justin Langer.

Kohli expects the four-Test series will be played in better spirits compared to recent Border-Gavaskar contests.

But the superstar also predicted there would be some "banter" between the sides, noting it's unrealistic to expect a bowler will turn on their heel, say nothing and march back to their mark after every single delivery.

"I personally don't think any team should be totally negative after something like that (the ball-tampering furore) happens," Kohli said.

Virat Kohli is still bracing for the 'tame' Aussies to attack India with verbal barrages. Pic: Getty

Kohli also rubbished the idea that Australia would be vulnerable.

"I don't think any Australian side is vulnerable at home," he said.

"Whatever happened (in Cape Town) ... the skill level is still there.

"We're definitely not taking anything for granted. We're not expecting them to play in a certain manner, we're focusing on our skills."

Kohli is relishing a return to Adelaide Oval, where no visiting batsman has scored more Test tons than him, and backed his pace attack to be far more potent compared to their 2014-15 tour.

Star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be flanked by pacemen Mohammed Shami, Ishant Shama and Jasprit Bumrah in India's attack.

"It's pretty different from the last time we came here. There's more experience," Kohli said.

"It will help we've played quite a few Test matches (in Australia) before."

Kohli scored 692 runs during the corresponding four-Test series in 2014-15, including four centuries.