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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Former Aussie captain issues warning to Kohli


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Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has sent out a warning to Indian skipper Virat Kohli after his passionate display during day three of the second Test.

After an excellent first-innings century, Kohli was at the centre of all the drama in Australia’s second innings as the tourists charged back into the game in the final session.

However, speaking exclusively to Wide World of Sports, Taylor cautioned Kohli about his behaviour while being the captain of a national Test side.

“I think at the moment he's on the edge,” Taylor said.

“No matter whether you're an Australian, Englishman, Indian or whatever, you should play the game the way you like to play the game, within the laws of the game and the spirit of the game.

“We all love watching Virat play because he is so passionate, not just about his batting, but about Indian cricket.

“But he's also got to remember that as a captain of a national side, you've got to be passionate about the game of cricket as well, not just your nation.”

Despite his warning to Kohli, Taylor admitted that he did enjoy the passion shown by the outspoken Indian captain.

“I want to see the passion,” he said.

“I don't mind seeing him celebrate with his bowlers, getting animated in the field, getting involved with the crowd, I'm all for that.

“I don't see a problem with any of that.”

Kohli visibly showed his displeasure with his dismissal earlier in the day after being caught by Peter Handscomb, and Taylor said that he needs to remember his responsibility when the going gets tough.

“Just remember that particularly when times start to get tough and you get a decision go against you when you're batting, which I said at the time was out, if you're not happy with it, just remember that you have a responsibility to the game,” he said.

“One thing that has to be remembered from 2018 is that we all have that responsibility.”

After a fiery final session, Australia will resume day four with a 175-run lead and six wickets in hand, and Taylor said the home side will be looking for a lead of around 300.

“If Australia can make at least another 80, I think anything over 250 puts Australia in front,” he said.

“It certainly doesn't mean they're going to win the game, but it gives them an edge.

“I think if they can get over 300 in front, they're in very good shape.

“I think with Australia's bowling and this pitch, Australia will be able to create enough opportunities if they've got a 300-run lead on the board.”

Taylor also praised the Optus Stadium pitch which has provided an even contest between bat and bowl in the venue’s Test match debut.

“It's one of those pitches that is a very good Test pitch,” he said.

“I've often said if you get scores around about 300 in Test match as we've got here, then it's a good Test match.

“I like that because there's plenty in it for the bowlers. It's not impossible to bat on, but it will get harder to bat on.”

Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has sent out a warning to Indian skipper Virat Kohli after his passionate display during day three of the second Test.

After an excellent first-innings century, Kohli was at the centre of all the drama in Australia’s second innings as the tourists charged back into the game in the final session.

However, speaking exclusively to Wide World of Sports, Taylor cautioned Kohli about his behaviour while being the captain of a national Test side.

“I think at the moment he's on the edge,” Taylor said.

“No matter whether you're an Australian, Englishman, Indian or whatever, you should play the game the way you like to play the game, within the laws of the game and the spirit of the game.

“We all love watching Virat play because he is so passionate, not just about his batting, but about Indian cricket.

“But he's also got to remember that as a captain of a national side, you've got to be passionate about the game of cricket as well, not just your nation.”

Despite his warning to Kohli, Taylor admitted that he did enjoy the passion shown by the outspoken Indian captain.

“I want to see the passion,” he said.

“I don't mind seeing him celebrate with his bowlers, getting animated in the field, getting involved with the crowd, I'm all for that.

“I don't see a problem with any of that.”

Kohli visibly showed his displeasure with his dismissal earlier in the day after being caught by Peter Handscomb, and Taylor said that he needs to remember his responsibility when the going gets tough.

“Just remember that particularly when times start to get tough and you get a decision go against you when you're batting, which I said at the time was out, if you're not happy with it, just remember that you have a responsibility to the game,” he said.

“One thing that has to be remembered from 2018 is that we all have that responsibility.”

After a fiery final session, Australia will resume day four with a 175-run lead and six wickets in hand, and Taylor said the home side will be looking for a lead of around 300.

“If Australia can make at least another 80, I think anything over 250 puts Australia in front,” he said.

“It certainly doesn't mean they're going to win the game, but it gives them an edge.

“I think if they can get over 300 in front, they're in very good shape.

“I think with Australia's bowling and this pitch, Australia will be able to create enough opportunities if they've got a 300-run lead on the board.”

Taylor also praised the Optus Stadium pitch which has provided an even contest between bat and bowl in the venue’s Test match debut.

“It's one of those pitches that is a very good Test pitch,” he said.

“I've often said if you get scores around about 300 in Test match as we've got here, then it's a good Test match.

“I like that because there's plenty in it for the bowlers. It's not impossible to bat on, but it will get harder to bat on.”

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