Smith tells Australia to 'go for it' with Kohli verbals

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Steve Smith has told his Australia side to "go for it" and engage in verbal battles with India captain Virat Kohli if it will get them firing on all cylinders in the upcoming Test series.

Australia captain Smith and his deputy David Warner have exchanged words with Kohli on more than one occasion during heated on-field battles in recent years.

And Smith will not instruct his team-mates to step away from confrontations with the prolific batsman in a four-match series that starts in Pune next Thursday.

"I think each of our individuals play the way that they play and if they want to get into a battle verbally, if that gets the best out of them then go for it," Smith told the media on Tuesday after the tourists arrived in Mumbai.

"It's all about us making sure that, as individuals, we are in the right mindset to go out and succeed. If guys want to get in those kinds of battles then go for it.

"But in the end it's about us playing on skill and making sure that our skills are in the best place for us to succeed in these conditions."

Kohli has been in outstanding form for the world's top-ranked Test side, who are unbeaten in 19 matches in the longest format after beating Bangladesh on Monday, and Smith said Australia are working on a plan for his opposite number.

"We're trying to form a gameplan but I'm not going to tell you what it is," Smith stated.

"He's obviously a world-class player and he's been batting extremely well - he's scored four double centuries in his last four series' so he's obviously a big player for India, along with their other batters.

"They are batting very well at the moment, they've got a strong top six so hopefully we can formulate some gameplans to get on top of them."