India skipper Virat Kohli has said he wants a sledge-free tour of Australia but is ready to fight fire with fire.
India leave for Australia Friday (today) for a full-fledged series including four Tests, and three one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals each. The visitors have never won a Test series and will fancy their chances in the absence of Aussie stars Steve Smith and David Warner who were handed a one-year ban due to their involvement in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year.
The Indian captain is known for his aggression on the field but he said India would depend on ability over aggression on the tour.
"When it comes to getting engaged in an argument on the field, or in a fight as people want to call it excitedly, I have been completely OK playing without an altercation," Kohli told media ahead of the team's departure for the two-month tour of Australia.
"I have enough belief in my ability to play without a reason to pump myself up.
"Those were very immature things that I needed to feed on in early days of my career."
The Australian dressing room has vowed a culture change since Smith and Warner banned for their involvement in ball tampering in South Africa this year and has led to the departure of many high profile members of Cricket Australia.
"If they want to play a certain way we will reciprocate in that way, that's how the game of cricket goes," Kohli said.
He insisted the team knows the importance of "remaining competitive".
India start their tour with the first of three T20ls in Brisbane on November 21. They will then play four Tests and three one-day internationals.
While India have been a team to beat at home, their away record is different story all together.
But Kohli insists his side have learned from the defeats in South Africa and England.
"We have spoken as a team after England and everyone is keen to correct those mistakes and put in a complete performance which we want to last for a full series," said Kohli.
"I thinks it's Test cricket that we really need to tighten things up and keep moving forward and correcting those mistakes. Because in ODI and T20s we have played really good cricket.
"Individuals should take more responsibility, show more character in tough situations, and find a solution rather than thinking the solution will appear from somewhere. We need to get more consistent as a team."