new Delhi: Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has said that if Virat Kohli fails to set the tone in ODIs and T20s before leaving Australia, the Indian team will have to sweep the four-match Test series . Kohli will return home after leading India in three ODIs and three T20 matches and the first match of the four-match Test series. Kohli is about to become a father and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given him paternity leave. Due to this, he will return to India after the first Test.
Michael Clarke said, ‘Virat Kohli will have to lead from the front in ODIs and T20s. Kohli will play only one Test match, but still he can influence the results of Test matches.
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He said, “If the Indian team does not succeed in ODIs and T20s, then they may face problems in the Test and they can face 0-4 defeat”.
Clarke believes that Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah needs to bowl aggressively against Australia as the Kangaroos batting is much stronger this time than last time.
The former captain said, “He (Bumrah) is very fast, so I believe he needs to set the tone and at the same time he needs to bowl aggressively in front of Australian batsmen”.
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Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has made it clear that the first match of the four-match Test series under the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between the cricket teams of India and Australia will be in accordance with the schedule set in Adelaide.