Clarke: Kohli a better ODI batsman than Smith

Virat Kohli and Steve Smith

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Ahead of the India's opening One-Day International against Australia on September 17, former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke gave his views on important aspects of the series.

Kohli became the fastest batsman in the history of the game to reach 30 ODI centuries, after only 194 matches, with the India skipper averaging more than 55 runs per innings.

"Virat Kohli is a better limited over batsman, only just than Steve Smith".

Asked which batsmen he rates higher, Clarke said: 'Virat is a better ODI batsman but just about that.

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Smith contributed 55 as Australia's preparations kicked up a gear with a 103-run win over the Indian President's XI in Chennai on Tuesday.

"Two young captains, two very good players and they both continue to improve". The Virat Kohli-led side remaining unbeaten on the tour, winning all their matches across each format.

The official twitter account of BCCI posted the details of the squad: "TEAM: Kohli (C), Rohit, Shikhar, Rahul, Pandey, Jadhav, Rahane, MSD, Hardik, Axar, Kuldeep, Chahal, Bumrah, Bhuvi, Umesh, Shami #INDvAUS". Australia are coming off what was a challenging Test series against Bangladesh which they somehow managed to level. "As long as no one crosses the line and they play with sportsman spirit, I don't see it to be a problem if they aren't friends", said Laxman.

India and Australia will play five ODIs in all and three Twenty20 matches during the tour lasting almost a month. The reason for Yuvraj's axing from the Sri Lanka limited-overs series was directly associated with his failure to clear the endurance test.

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Players like David Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins have had successful IPL stints and Clarke said the team should have no excuses in the shorter format. Well, from the very beginning, we very well know the ethics of Australian team. Steve Smith who claims to have followed the entire India and Sri Lanka series is very confident for the India-Australia face-off.

The big-hitting all-rounder, who bowls left-arm medium-pace, said he was happy to be back in the team and looked forward to putting up a solid performance against India.

Despite being a seasoned pro, the all-rounder says team members do not need his advice.

"Looking forward to playing the warm-up game before the series starts". I've been battling, to be honest, probably the last 18 months. The Australian fans expect Australia to be at the top of the tree, to be No. 1 in the world, and if we can beat India, I think 4-1, and then we will get there.

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