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Kohli to lead India in first test against Australia

Virat Kohli has confirmed he will lead India into the first test against Australia starting in Adelaide on Tuesday as stand-in captain in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. File photo

Virat Kohli has confirmed he will lead India into the first test against Australia starting in Adelaide on Tuesday as stand-in captain in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. File photo  

Kohli has stuck to the party line on cricket's decision review system (DRS), saying his team would only endorse its use if it were 100 percent accurate.

Virat Kohli has confirmed he will lead India into the first test against Australia starting in Adelaide on Tuesday as stand-in captain in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Dhoni was initially slated to sit out the opening test of the series to rest an injured thumb but after the rescheduling in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes, there was speculation he might have had enough time to recover.

"Yes, I will be leading tomorrow," Kohli told reporters at Adelaide Oval on Monday. "We are expecting him (Dhoni) to be 100 percent in the next few days.

"It's a big moment for me personally, I have always dreamed of playing test cricket and, now I'm getting to lead India in a test match," said Kohli.

Kohli said pace bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, who has an ankle injury and missed Sunday's training session, would be given until Tuesday morning to prove his fitness.



No budging on DRS



Stand-in India captain Virat Kohli has stuck to the party line on cricket's decision review system (DRS), saying his team would only endorse its use if it were 100 percent accurate.

India's four-test series against Australia will go ahead without the use of the sometimes controversial DRS, with the tourists rejecting it in every bilateral tournament they play.

"The only point we maintain is that it's not 100 percent," he told reporters at Adelaide Oval on Monday. "And we see incidents happen where DRS has been taken and some people feel that it's clearly a not-out decision and they've been given out. Or it seems like it's out and guys have been given not out and (there's) more than half a ball hitting the stumps. It just doesn't make sense to us sometimes. Unless it's 100 percent accurate I don't think it can be a thing that will change our take on it. If it gets 100 percent accurate and consistent, then, who knows."

Though India shuns the DRS for all bilateral tournaments, with world governing body, the ICC, maintaining that both parties must agree to its use, they will have to play with the system at the upcoming one-day World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.

After Adelaide, the teams play tests in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

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