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Virat Kohli promises "line won't be crossed" but doesn't want contest to be mundane

Virat Kohli is confident that "lines won't be crossed" by either India or Australia as far as on-field behaviour is concerned but at the same time doesn't want players to just show up without emotion.
"I don't see stuff happening, which has happened in the past where both teams have crossed the line. But still, it's a competitive sport at the end of the day and its international cricket. We don't expect guys to just come, bowl and walk back," Kohli's statement made it clear that he would like the contest to have its share of spice.The Indian skipper hinted that there could be a bit of verbal banter without violating the 'Code of Conduct' which had happened in some of the earlier series.
"Obviously, there are going to be times when you have to put the batsmen under pressure. Not necessarily crossing the line, but just get into their heads which you expect from any side in the world, not just Australia. It's going to be there, but it's not going to happen at the level, which has happened in the past, where both teams have lost control," Kohli elaborated.Cricket Australia has done a 'Cultural Review' post-ball-tampering scandal and the Australian teams of late have been trying to put up their best behaviour."You definitely can't take any side for granted and more so Australia in Australia because regardless of what happened, the skill level is still there. So you have to respect that. At the end of the day, however, you talk or behave in a certain manner, it's your skill level that comes (into play)," he signed off.

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