Kohli urges India batsmen to take responsibility in Australia


India captain Virat Kohli has urged his batsmen to take responsibility and show character on their upcoming tour to Australia, where they will a four-match Test series.

Kohli has acknowledged that he now a good bowling attack that did well in the series in England earlier this year but was let down by the side’s batsmen.

India lost the five-match Test series in England 4-1 and the skipper has told his players to become more consistent.

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Kohli said on the eve of the team’s departure to Australia in quotes published on ESPNCricinfo:”We’re all feeling good about the fact that we have a great bowling attack now.

“But the batsmen need to step up as well, which we have spoken [about] as a team again after England. And everyone is really keen to correct those things and put [in a] complete performance.

“So we put in a complete performance for a game, which we want to last for a series, and for that to happen, again, people have to take more ownership every Test match that we play.

“Our focus more will be on how the batsmen bat well together on this tour because bowlers are in a great space and they know exactly what they want to do. After a long time, we feel like we can take 20 wickets every game.

“That is a great feeling to have but the whole combination has to come together for us to win the series, not just one Test match and be happy about it.”

India’s four-match Test series Down Under will be sandwiched between three ODIs and three T20Is.