Mindgames has often been Australia's biggest weapon, especially against the captain of the opposition team and their key players. During Australia's great run in the previous decade, they often mentally disintegrated the opposition even before taking the field. While things have changed with time, and the new Australian team isn't quite as effective with this 'skill', but they haven't stopped trying and with Australia's tour of India barely couple of months away, their skipper Steve Smith has already fired a shot at his counterpart Virat Kohli.
"He is a world-class player and he has, obviously, led the Indian team incredibly well over the last 18 months or so," Smith said on ABC Grandstand.
"He is a very emotional character out on the field, but I think he has improved a lot there. I guess for us as a team it's trying to get him out of the strong emotional state and try and make him, I guess, a little bit angry and ruffle his feathers and things like that".
"I think if you can get him in that state then the Indian team can possibly be a little bit vulnerable," Smith added.
Smith accepted that the the tour will be a tough one for his team, he said, "We go there in February and, no doubt, it's going to be an incredibly difficult tour -- going to India always is. Four Tests there, it's a great opportunity for this team, where we are going to be the underdogs going there".
"It would be fantastic to win a series there and we are going to have to make sure our processes are in order and we play a lot better than we have done in sub-continent conditions," Smith concluded.