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Warner not sure sledging will disrupt Kohli

15 February 2017 19:30

David Warner is not sure sledging Virat Kohli will have any impact on his imperious form when Australia take on India in a four-Test series.

Australia face the daunting task of taking on Kohli and the world's top-ranked Test side in the subcontinent, with the series starting in Pune in eight days' time.

Kohli became the first man to score double centuries in four successive series when he achieved the feat against Bangladesh this month.

Australia captain Steve Smith has encouraged his side to engage in verbal battles with his opposite number in the series, but Warner has doubts over the effectiveness of that plan.

"Virat Kohli is in the form of the decade. He is a fantastic player and a great sport," Warner said.

"He is exceptional in all formats and he is taking the entire country on a journey. He wants the country to ride with him. Virat is frank and he calls spade a spade.

"Joe Root, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis and Kohli thrive on responsibility. These young players are unstoppable. Virat is a great example of scoring big tons.

"Sledging can work both ways with Virat. Great players know how to deal with it. We have to find a way of getting into the opposition's minds. It could be banter or field placements.

"It is actually playing your brand of cricket. Sledging or banter is just one of the ways to upset the opposition."

Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest man to reach 250 Test wickets in the one-off meeting with Bangladesh, and Warner is looking to curb at least some of his typically aggressive approach to combat the abilities of India's star spinner.

"I have to respect a player like Ashwin," Warner added. "He thinks like a batsman and I have to be disciplined against him.

"I have a game plan for him - I have to bat against his strength. He is going to be ready for me and we both have to adapt to the situation. It's going to be a great battle for the both of us. I have to bide my time."

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