Ahead of the long season against Australia, Indian captain Virat Kohli believes that his side has to do the 'little things right' and minimise on their mistakes.

India came very close to winning the series in South Africa and competed rather well in England, but could not capitalise on the important moments which reflected in the series scoreline and this is what the captain now wants his team to start focusing on.

"We don't want to be a team that wins one odd test match here and there," Kohli told reporters on Tuesday.

'We were at par with the other team throughout'

Virat Kohli
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"We have figured out our mistakes in England which, I have mentioned before, were very radical. We won the game in which we committed fewer mistakes. We were at par with the other team throughout," he added.

Stressing on the fact that his side needs to make fewer mistakes than the opposition, Kohli said that it was imperative the players identified the key moments in the game.

"I think we have the ability to keep competing with the other team and in test cricket whichever team makes fewer mistakes wins the game. That's the general rule," the captain observed.

There is this feeling that India are the favourites in the series and while the skipper does not pronounce the word out loud, he says that there is enough quality in the ranks to win overseas series.

"We definitely believe we have the quality to do so but it will boil down to how we think in each moment in every test match that we play or every game that we play on this tour. As a whole, throughout the tour we want to do the little things right and have our focus really precise so that we can win more situations than the opposition," he signed off.

India will start their series with a 3-match T20I series, the first match of which will be played at Gabba in Brisbane. It will be followed by a 4-match Test series. A 3-match ODI series will complete the tour.