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Coach Kumble won't curb India's aggression

  • Coach Kumble won't curb India's aggression

    Indian cricket team head coach Anil Kumble watches his team during a practice session at the Warner Park stadium in Basseterre, Saint Kitts, on July 8, 2016. Indian cricket team is on a seven-week long tour of West Indies, where they will play four Tests and two practice matches. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

India's confrontational approach is set to continue in the third Test that starts on Thursday, with coach Anil Kumble unwilling to curb any of his players' aggression.

Australia captain Steve Smith and India counterpart Virat Kohli are set to smoke the peace pipe on Wednesday, when they sit down alongside match referee Richie Richardson.

The second Test, which the hosts won to level the four-match series, was one of the most spiteful in recent history.

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The International Cricket Council expressed hope both teams would be better-behaved in Ranchi, but failed to charge a single player.

It has led to suggestions that Ranchi will host another heated clash between the sides. Kumble did little to douse those expectations.

"You don't want to curb any natural instincts of the players," Kumble said.

"As long as they go out there and do what is expected of them, there is absolutely no issues with that.

"I don't think we need to read too much into that aggression or body language.

"Every player has his own way of having a game face and that's what you want.

"This is a very important series, it is 1-all and obviously both teams will come hard in this game."

Kumble added that his players understand their responsibility on the field.

Umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth struggled to keep control on the final day, despite lecturing Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane at various points.

Kohli led the way in India's antagonistic assault, barking obscenities at most Australian batsmen throughout their innings. The firebrand also made a throat-slitting gesture after the fall of one wicket.

Kohl then unleashed on Australia in a post-match tirade, accusing them of systematically cheating by seeking advice from support staff regarding reviews.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was surprised Smith and Kohli were both cleared over their misdeeds, while former Australia captain Ian Chappell noted "the administrators are foolish if they're going to allow all this talking to continue on the field".

"I am really glad that the BCCI took a mature call along with Cricket Australia to issue a joint statement that cricket needs to move on and we have moved on," Kumble said.

"I don't think the players are concerned ... we have moved on."

Kumble was cagey when asked whether Murali Vijay would return from a shoulder injury.

"He's fine. He is a part of the squad, so he is good," he said.

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