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Khawaja will pip Kohli and Australia will beat India in Tests: Ricky Ponting

  • 30 Nov 2018 00:01:55

World Cup-winning former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has backed Virat Kohli to continue his scoring form Down Under in the upcoming four-Test series.

However, Ponting has predicted Usman Khawaja to overtake the high-flying India skipper as he believes the in-form Queensland batsman can handle the conditions better and fend off the threat from the visiting pacers.

Kohli was in imperious form during India's 2014 tour of Australia, scoring 692 runs, including four centuries, at an impressive average of 86.50 but Ponting opines the visiting captain will be vulnerable if lively wickets are offered in the first two Tests in Adelaide and Perth.

Ponting's bold prediction comes at a time when Khwaja is slowly establishing himself as the most dependable batsman of the team in the absence of former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner.