After India’s astonishing 2-1 Test series victory over Australia, captain Virat Kohli has offered a few tips out to Tim Paine’s men if they are to stand any chance of beating England in the Ashes this summer.
The fourth Test between India and Australia in Sydney ended in a dramatic draw, meaning that Kohli and his side took the series 2-1.
It was their first series victory in Australia in decades, serving yet another dampening blow to Paine and his team.
It has not been the start to the new year that the Australians would have been hoping for.
India won the first Test at Adelaide by 31 runs, and then the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne by 137 runs to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
The only real success endured by Australia towards the end and start of the new year came when they won the second Test in Perth by an impressive 146 runs.
It was, though, a small victory in an otherwise unsuccessful time.
The Baggy Greens have just two more Test matches - at home to Sri Lanka later this month - ahead of the infamous Ashes that commences in August.
Kohli’s team were beaten 4-1 by England last year, and suggests that he has learned the hard way how not to head into a match facing the Duke’s ball.
He also emitted that the Aussies must lose their egos and become less rash and more patient if they are to get any kind of positive result against England.
"If you go out there with an ego, you might as well not go at all," began Kohli, as per Sky Sports.
"Because that Dukes ball, it buries egos pretty quickly. You have to curb yourself down and do the hard yards. Grind it out the whole day, you have to be patient as a batsman.”
Admittedly, Kohli oppressed that it is easy to feel trapped when playing cricket on English soil.
"You just want to get away quickly, but in England you're not allowed to do that. You have to buy your time, earn the right to score runs eventually.”
Kohli’s words were echoed by his coach Ravi Shastri, who too believes that the Duke’s ball will give Australia some cause for some concern which can only be combated by patience and trust.
"I think Australia has to be patient because in England that Dukes ball will curve around corners. You've got to trust your technique, trust that off-stump. It's belief.”