All batsmen should be scared of Bumrah: Kohli

Elena Summers
December 31, 2018

"We'll see how they line up", Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

Then Australia's awful top-order batting in the 137-run loss showed how badly they miss Smith and Warner.

The NSW paceman is seeking a long-term contract from Cricket Australia, having played more Test cricket than any of Australia's quicks since making his long- anticipated comeback from injury during last year's tour of India.

Smith and Cameron Bancroft recently opened up about the infamous ball-tampering incident in March that shook Australian cricket.

"So we've got to learn from that, and get better really quickly before we go to Sydney".

Australian captain Tim Paine has launched a scathing criticism of the state of pitches in Australia.


Asked about the torrent of noise around Smith and Warner this week, Paine sarcastically replied: "Was there?" "He is embracing the fact that if something has been told to him and he has to work on those things, he has worked on it", Kohli said about one of his trusted lieutenants. Instinctively, everyone like I said, you have a gut feeling of playing a shot or bowling a particular ball. We will take the trophy back home regardless of what happens in the last Test.

"We've got to be careful not to reward poor performances but.it's not as if the guys are absolutely banging the door down". The way he batted at the top of the order on the first day, it has to be praised because it is not easy to come to Australia and start like that, and against such a bowling attack. I thought we took a big stride forward in Perth but with an inexperienced batting line-up, you are bound to have an innings like we did in the first innings. "It would be nice for us to send them home drawing the series, not winning it", he added. "He looks at the pitch, and he doesn't think, 'Oh it's a hard toil on this wicket.' He thinks how can I take make a breakthrough for the team and your mindset separates you from the rest".

"At the moment it's challenging and everyone's frustrated", Paine said.

After India took an unassailable 2-1 series lead, checking the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in for a return journey to India, the best batsman in the world spoke glowingly of the best bowler in the world, at least across formats put together if there are people yet to be convinced of Bumrah's status in each individual format.

"There's been a helluva lot of talk about our batting and our top six", he said.

"So if you lose a toss and the opposition decide to bat and you have to try and knock them over, our new ball bowlers in Starc and Hazlewood are averaging 47 and 40 with a new ball - that's not good enough".

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