Australia not favourite to clinch Test series despite Kohli's absence - Nathan Lyon
Nov 16 2020
Langer, who's in charge of the Australian team for over two years, praised the Delhi-born Kohli as one of the best in the business and said that his absence may not augur well for the Indian team.
Kohli will return home after the opening Test, which ends on December 21. It will also be skipper Virat Kohli's only appearance in all-whites in Australia this time as he would return to India on a paternity leave after the opener.
Langer said, "He respects Kohli's idea of giving priority to family over cricket".
Swapson will however be the second option for Australia, as the team has a better and experienced player in the form of off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
"I can not believe he displays the energy he does in everything he does and I've got so much respect for him".
Following the Adelaide Test, the two rivals will then contest the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, before the series moves to the SCG beginning January 7, and concludes at the Gabba on January 15.
Australia Test captain Tim Paine has opened up on his perceived personal equation with India counterpart Virat Kohli saying there's not relationship between the duo. "They beat us here last time obviously with a different team".
"It's disappointing but they have still got superstars".
Burns, meanwhile, has struggled, making just 57 runs in five innings to be in danger of losing his place for the first Test starting in Adelaide on December 17.
Australia coach Justin Langer said on Friday that Virat Kohli's absence from last three Tests in the upcoming series will impact team India. So getting a chance to bowl against them will be an opportunity for me to test myself. The decision of Kohli to not play three Tests has left social media mixed, with many appreciating the decision while some cited the example of MS Dhoni not seeing his daughter despite being on national duty. I believe he is the best player in the world along with Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.
"They have a real synergy, they work well together, have chemistry".
"Look at (Cheteshwar) Pujara, (Ajinkya) Rahane, and they have also got a couple of young guys coming in".
However, Virat Kohli will not be available for three Tests after the BCCI granted him paternity leave for the birth of his child.
"We went through a period where there was lots of ins and outs, and in my view, we should back the guys in there", he said.