Michael Hussey has warned the India-bound Australia cricket team for a four-Test tour not to antagonise Virat Kohli, saying sledging the India cricket team captain may boomerang on the visitors.

Calling Virat Kohli “a real competitor”, the 41-year-old Hussey, who played 79 Tests before retiring in 2013, said engaging in a verbal spat with the Indian skipper will only fire him up which will benefit the hosts in the matches.

“I wouldn’t try and fire him up. I think he thrives on that and he’s a real competitor. He loves being in the fight and loves the contest out in the middle,” Hussey was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

Kohli, who has not lost a single series at home and did not lose a single Test in the 2016 season, has a wonderful record against Australia. In 12 Tests, he has 1276 runs at an average of over 60 with six centuries. In the last series between these two countries Down Under, he hit 692 runs at an average of 86.5 with four centuries.

“I’d make sure we have some very clear plans and we try and stick to them as best as we possibly can. There’s no need to get involved in that sort of verbal barrage because I think that fires him up even more.”