Faf du Plessis suggests Australian team to avoid confrontation with Virat Kohli

Faf du Plessis (L), Virat Kohli (R). Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 17, 2018, 01.46 PM (IST)

South African skipper Faf du Plessis has offered tips to the Australian team for their upcoming clashes against India.

Du Plessis, who recently led the Proteas in three one-dayers against Australia, said there had been a marked change in Aussies on-field behaviour.

However, he but urged them not to totally sacrifice their confrontational approach.

But he suggested to avoid confrontation with Virat Kohli and give him "silent treatment" during the India vs Australia matches.

"There are guys like that in international cricket (who enjoy the confrontation). We feel like that when we play against someone like Virat Kohli, he wants to get into the fight," the Protea said.

"There's one or two guys in each team around the world that we as a team discuss before playing against them. We're like, 'better not say too much to him because you'll get him going'."

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Australia have clearly toned down their sledging since a ball-tampering scandal broke that involved Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Du Plessis' South Africa beat India 2-1 in the series but Kohli emerged as the top run-getter with an aggregate of 286 from three Tests at an average of 47.66.

Du Plessis said, "He's an amazing player. We gave him the silent treatment and he still scored runs in South Africa, but we felt like it was not huge runs. He scored the one hundred there in Centurion when the wicket was slow.

"So every team will have what they think works for us, that was silent treatment." 

Kohli, who is known for his aggressive behaviour, has been in imperious form throughout the year. 

He notched up 593 runs against England in the five-match series and followed that up with three back-to-back hundreds against the West Indies in the One-day International series.

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