Virat Kohli is one of the best players Justin Langer has ever seen and his absence from the last three Tests in the upcoming series will be keenly felt, the Australia coach said on Friday.

Kohli will head home after the series-opening Test at Adelaide Oval to be with his wife ahead of the birth of their first child, robbing India of its captain and star batsman.

Langer said the impact on India would be like any team taking out their best player.

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“I’ve said this before, he is probably the best player I’ve ever seen in my life for so many reasons,” Langer told reporters in a video call.

“Its not only his batting but his energy, his passion for the game, the way he fields. I cannot believe the energy he displays in everything he does.

“Are we happy he’s not playing? It’s like taking Dustin Martin out of…

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