Steve Waugh warns Australian team ahead of India series: Sledging is not going to worry Virat Kohli's team

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Batting legend Steve Waugh says on-field 'sledging' by Australia during the upcoming Test series won't bother India skipper Virat Kohli.

Steve Waugh feels Virat Kohli will like to outscore Steve Smith. (Reuters Photo)

Steve Waugh feels Virat Kohli will like to outscore Steve Smith. (Reuters Photo)

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Former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes sledging will not work against Virat Kohli and his team when they tour Down Under for a full-fledged series after Indian Premier League 2020. Waugh feels that a war of words with India players could backfire for the Australian team in the Test series.

Team India will play a series of 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 4 Tests between November 27, 2020, to January 19, 2021. The nearly 2-month long tour will begin with the 1st and 2nd ODI in Sydney on November 27 and 29 before moving to Canberra for the final match on December 2 at the Manuka Oval which will also host the first T20I on December 4.

"Sledging is not going to worry Virat Kohli, it doesn't work against the great players and you're better off leaving those guys alone," Steve Waugh said in a video posted by ESPNcricinfo.

"I think any extra motivation will make them dig in more and get more runs. So, you're better off not saying much to him," he added.

Steve Waugh cited Steve Smith's impressive performance in the Australia tour of India in 2016-17 and said that Virat Kohli will want to outscore Rajasthan Royal skipper in the upcoming series.

"He (Kohli) is a world-class player, he would want to be the batsman of the series. Last time, he and Smith came up against each other in India, Smith really dominated with three hundred and Kohli didn't get many," quipped Waugh.

India had retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy by beating Australia 2-1 in the four-match Test series and clinched the ODIs as well by the same margin on their 2018-19 tour Down Under while the 3-T20I series ended in a 1-1 draw.

Waugh also praised Kohli, who he feels has matured a lot and will be gunning for glory. "He wants India to prove themselves away from home to justify the number one ranking. He has taken them to a level that maybe they didn't get to before," Waugh added.

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