Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Travis Head. @ Getty Images
Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Travis Head. @ Getty Images

As far as sledging or any verbal duels go in the four-Test series against India, Australia have made it clear that they will refrain from any sort of on-field banter. Skipper Virat Kohli too had said that India is willing to compete without any altercation in the Test series which gets underway with the first Test on December 6 at Adelaide.

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“I think that’s (no sledging policy) a very personal thing for them. But when it comes to getting engaged in an argument on the field or a fight as people want to call it excitedly, I have been completely okay with playing without the altercation,” Kohli had said.

Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Travis Head said that Australia can still be fierce and aggressive without any trash talk. Head, who has played two Tests, reckons the Australia pace battery of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins can act aggressive with their actions.

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“Words are sometimes cheap, it’s how they bowl, and their actions. If that mongrel means ‘Starcy’ bowling 150 [km/h] and ‘Cummo’ hitting a really hard length and same as ‘Hoff’ [Hazlewood], it’s bowling aggressive, being aggressive, the way we play, the way we bat,” Head was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday.

“You do that in your actions, the way you buzz around the field, the way you cut down runs, create pressure.”

On a personal front, Head, who made his Test debut in the Pakistan series in UAE this year, said that he will always be on the attack during the series.

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“You don’t have to say anything to have mongrel, I don’t think. Some players will, some players won’t. I try and attack the ball every time … to put pressure on the batters. That’s what cricket is about, about enjoying it, playing with a smile, but it’s also about when you’re in the contest, not letting them get on top and win the contest,” he said.