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Johnson hails Kohli ahead of fourth Test

Published:Saturday | January 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Mitchell Johnson
Virat Kohli


Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson believes new full-time India Test captain Virat Kohli, who hes clashed with repeatedly during the first three matches of the four-Test series, will bring a new, aggressive approach to the way India plays cricket.

Kohli and Johnson have had frequent run-ins in the series which Australia has clinched with wins in the opening two matches at Adelaide and Brisbane. But Johnson said Friday he expects Kohlis in your face approach to the game will spill over to his captaincy.

Following Mahendra Singh Dhonis surprise decision to retire from Test cricket after the drawn Test earlier this week at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Kohli assumed the full-time captaincy ahead of the final Test in Sydney beginning Tuesday.

"It could be quite interesting because they're not known for that aggressive type of play," Johnson said yesterday. "But ever since I've seen him play cricket, I've always seen him pretty fiery."

"So hell definitely be an aggressive type of captain I think in the way he sets fields, and I think you'll see a lot of difference from what Dhoni did. He is a fierce competitor and he really does like to get involved in it all."

Kohli has been a master batsman in this series, scoring 499 runs at an average of 83.13 in three Tests.

"It doesn't matter who he plays against, he plays in your face and that is how he likes to play the game, Johnson said.

Virat's just been telling us how many runs hes scored and we've just been saying were two-nil up in the series so thats pretty much it. It's always been part of the game and always will be."