[videourl mediaid="pNwg3Eb7" url=" https://mum-videostream.s3.amazonaws.com/cricketcountry/2018/12DEC/24/Pat-Cummins-Mitchell-Starc.mp4"] <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p>Australian pacer Mitchell Starc believes that with the four-match Test series tied at 1-1, the pressure is on both the teams heading in to the Boxing Day Test match starting December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. <p></p> <p></p>Starc also described Virat Kohli as a "fantastic captain", having shared the dressing room with the India captain while representing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli's on-field heated exchanges with Australia skipper Tim Paine in the second Test turned out to be a subject of discussion with many former players, including Mitchell Johnson, criticising the batting maestro's behaviour. <p></p> <p></p>However, Starc backed Kohli. <p></p> <p></p>"I've played a couple of IPLs with Virat and he's been fantastic to play under, as a captain," Starc told reporters. <p></p> <p></p>"Obviously, he's a fantastic player. The way India play this series and go about their cricket, it's up to them." <p></p> <p></p>Starc, who was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014, had emerged as a key bowler for the IPL team. He parted ways with Bangalore in February last year before being picked by Kolkata Knight Riders early this year. <p></p> <p></p>Starc, though, was ruled out of the 2018 IPL season due to injury and was released from KKR last month. <p></p> <p></p>On Sunday, Indian coach Ravi Shastri called "an absolute gentleman", while former Australian opener Matthew Hayden suggested Kohli was more Australian than Indian in many ways. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli also received the backing of Australia coach and Paine himself, who said he relished his war of words with the combative Indian. <p></p> <p></p>India and Australia are currently tied 1-1 in the four-match series after topsy-turvy contests in Adelaide and Perth. The two teams will face off in the third Test on December 26 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.