Kohli's 2019 Ashes advice for Australia: 'Dukes ball buries egos'

Virat Kohli of India shakes the hand of Australian Coach Justin Langer also a former test batsman

MARK EVANS GETTY IMAGESVirat Kohli of India shakes the hand of Australian Coach Justin Langer also a former test batsman

Grind it out the whole day ... you have to be patient as a batsman.

'You just want to get away quickly but in England you're not allowed to do that.

"Playing in England, what I experienced this time was, if you go out there with an ego you might as well not go out at all", he said.

In the wake of Team India's historic triumph in Test series against Australia, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced cash rewards for the entire team's heroic efforts in recently-concluded Tour Down Under.

India were also beaten previous year, despite Kohli's stellar returns as he conquered the weaknesses that had seen him average 13.40 across five Tests in England in 2014. Cheteshwar Pujara, who was later named the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series, led the way with an innings of 193 runs, while there was an unbeaten century for Rishabh Pant as well, his second in Test match cricket in just his ninth Test match.

"What we learnt is to seize the important moments", Shastri said. He also stressed the need for patience against the Dukes ball, suggesting Australia had the bowlers to compete during the Ashes.

"Going back to the first Test (in Adelaide) when we were 40-4, or 70-4, 80-5, from thereon to reach 250, you know you knew deep down that could have a huge impact on the series. Those are the kind of sessions that could be crucial".

Smith and vice-captain David Warner were subsequently banned for 12 months for ball-tampering and missed the recent Test series defeat to India.

Australia skipper Tim Paine desperately looked for positives Monday after his side's calamitous 2-1 Test series loss to India, but struggled to find many.

"I think they'll up to the challenge", he said. "And it's again belief, because you've got the attack".

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