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Australia v India: Pat Cummins reacts to Virat Kohli missing three Tests

Pat Cummins has discussed Virat Kohli’s absence for the Australia v India series (Pictures: Getty)

Pat Cummins has claimed Virat Kohli’s absence will not be a ‘deciding factor’ in Australia’s upcoming series against India.

India are set to face Australia in three IT20 matches, three ODIs and four Tests, starting on November 27.

Captain Kohli will return home after the first Test in Brisbane to attend the birth of his first child, and quarantine rules mean it is unfeasible to him to then rejoin his team-mates in Australia.

Kohli is one of the best players in the world and has racked up 7,240 Test runs and 27 centuries, but Cummins insists India will still be strong without him.

‘To be honest, we haven’t spoken too much about it,’ the Australia fast bowler said. ‘I saw the announcement in the media.

‘As captain, obviously he’ll be missed but the Indian cricket side always finds some incredible batsmen who are outside the team and are just waiting for an opportunity, so maybe that will be the start of someone else’s career.

‘It might make a bit of a difference, but I am not sure it’s going to be a deciding factor in the series.’

India currently hold the Border-Gavaskar Trophy following their historic 2-1 win over Australia at the start of 2019.

Baggy Greens spinner Nathan Lyon says he is ‘disappointed’ Kohli is not playing in all four Tests as ‘you want to play against the best’.

‘It’s disappointing, to be honest. It’s exciting for Virat and his wife and I wish them all the best,’ Lyon said.

‘But it’s disappointing for the series. You always want to play against the best players in the world and he’s right up there.

‘It’s disappointing but they’ve still got plenty of superstars and the series will still be a massive challenge for us.’

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