Australia opener David Warner has stated that it would be surreal to take on India in the four-match Test series later this year without fans at the stands. He also revealed that the Australian team would not engage with Virat Kohli in any kind of banter.

“It would be very surreal playing against India without the crowd. I want to be selected and be part of that series,” Warner said as quoted by India Today.

“Last time we were not bad but we were beaten by a good team and their bowling was relentless.

“Now, India has got the best batting line up and our bowlers will like to target and the Indian crowd will be eager to see that,” he added.

About Kohli, he said, “Virat Kohli is not a person to be poked and no point poking the bear.”

Last month, Cricket Australia (CA) had released the schedule of the four-match Test series. The matches would be played at Brisbane Gabba, Adelaide Oval, Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Gabba would host the opening match from December 3. While the second match in Adelaide from December 11 will be India’s first away Day-Night Test, the ones in Melbourne and Sydney will be the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Tests respectively.

However, the CA had said that it was still keeping the possibility to host the series in one or two venues if the COVID-19 pandemic forces them to do so.

Australia is also supposed to host the ICC T20 World Cup later this year in the months of October and November. But owing to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the fate of the tournament is hanging in doubts.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) in its latest Board meeting on Wednesday decided to wait till at least next month to announce anything on the tournament,  which is scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15.