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'Open to take up Test cricket in any manner' – Kohli
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'Open to take up Test cricket in any manner' – Kohli

Virat Kohli on Sunday said India were open to playing a day-night encounter in Australia after his side crushed Bangladesh in the second Test at Kolkata.

India crushed Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs after finishing the match in the first session of day three.

India had refused to play a day-night Test in Adelaide last year with concerns from top players reluctant to take a chance.

But Kohli, who scored a fluent 136 in India's first innings, said his side were now ready for the challenge away from home if the schedule was in place.

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"I think a good practise game before that and enough time to prepare -- we're open to doing anything," Kohli told reporters when asked.

"You can't just play it on a short notice, like I mentioned last time. If there's time to prepare, we're open to take up Test cricket in any manner."

Australian skipper Tim Paine took a little dig at Virat Kohli when asked about Australia scheduling the first India Test of the summer at Brisbane, where the home side completed an innings win over Pakistan.

"We'll certainly try but we'll have to run that by Virat," Paine said after the Test win. "I'm sure we'll get an answer from him at some stage."

He added: "Maybe even get a pink-ball Test if he's in a good mood."

'Important to market Test cricket'

India's first day-night Test had attracted a lot of people to the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, with star ex-cricketers also present at the venue.

BCCI’s new president, Sourav Ganguly, was instrumental in setting up the historical day-night Test.

Kohli said it was important to ‘market Test cricket’ to attract more audience to the crowd where people are generally more inclined to watching the T20I games.

"If there's enough buzz created around Test cricket then there will be a lot more keenness to come to the stadiums," he said.

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India have been a dominant force at home as they have now recorded 12 consecutive series wins in their backyard.

But Kohli said more difficult challenges lied ahead with India’s overseas tour to New Zealand which includes two Test matches.

"I think a more balanced format would be -- one series home, one away," Kohli said on the scheduling of the championship.

"As I said, we're playing very good cricket but we've played only two Tests away (in West Indies) in the Test championship.