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Kohli will miss the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne (26–30 December), the New Year Test in Sydney (7–11 January) and the last Test in Brisbane (15–19 January).
Kohli will return home after the first Test match in Adelaide as the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) has allowed him a paternity leave. Kohli wants to be with his actress wife Anushka Sharma at the birth of their first child in early January. With this decision of the Indian captain, the cricket world seems to be divided into two factions.
Australia head coach Justin Langer said that Kohli's absence would definitely affect India but this should not deter the Australian team, on the other hand veteran Australian spinner Nathan Lyon believes that Australia's victory in Virat's absence is not decided because Apart from him, there are many 'superstars' in the Indian team.
Langer on Friday praised Virat Kohli's decision to take a paternity leave but said it would affect the Indian team during the Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Langer said he respected Kohli's idea of giving priority to family over cricket.
Langer told reporters via video conference on Friday, 'He is also a human like us. If I have to recommend to any of my players, I will always say that you must be present at the birth of your first child. His energy, passion for the game and fielding are also amazing.
Leon told Fox Sports, 'His team has top batsmen like (Cheteshwar) Pujara, Ajinkya (Rahane) and some good young players. This will still be a big challenge for us. Virat is not playing it does not mean that our trophy is sure to win. We still have to work hard. '