Kohli a better limited over batsman than Smith: Clarke

Erica Murray
September 14, 2017

Australia's five-match ODI series against India begins on September 17 in Chennai, with a practice match in the same city against a Board President's XI starting later today.

"They will take advantage of the home conditions. Two young captains, two very good players", Clarke said of the two superstars, with Kohli first in the ICC ODI batting rankings and Smith thirteenth. "But again, irrespective of the number of runs you score, what matters is whether your team are winning matches or not", said Clarke, who is here as a TV expert for the upcoming five-match ODI series. It is going to be competitive no doubt about it. Australia's bowling department is depleted. "And like I said, it's gonna be a test and we are very excited for it", said Faulkner on Monday. I liked Sourav (Ganguly) for his captaincy because he was not scared to lose.

"They (India) have played a lot of one-day cricket in the recent past". He never took a backward step and inspired the rest of the team.

Chahal attributed large part of his relationship with Kohli to IPL where he plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore under him. In Indian Premier League, Warner plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad whereas Smith plays for Rising Pune Supergiant, where they have experienced wearing colourful costumes but apart from that, it will be the first instance for both. "You don't have to worry about dealing with spinners on Day 3, 4 and 5".

"On the field it is all about business".

Laxman is also pleased with the way the Indian players have returned to the team post injury breaks. Well, from the very beginning, we very well know the ethics of Australian team.

Given the way he has been scoring, is it early to say that Virat Kohli could be the greatest ever Indian batsman?

The former captain added that the Australians will be more comfortable after playing in the IPL which has helped them acclimatise to the heat and humidity. Clarke's sense of humour came to the fore as he came up with a cheeky response.

Can Australia put brakes on the Indian chariot?

"I am really looking forward to it". I worked as hard as I could.

Where there is talent, there will be comparison.

Laxman rated Kohli better captain than Smith.

"Kohli is an aggressive skipper who is not afraid to lose. I have a good opportunity against tough opponents in their backyard", he said.

Laxman heaped praise on India all-rounder Hardik Pandya but reckoned he should be consistent with his bowling.

Faulkner will return to the side after missing out on the Champions Trophy earlier this year. Clarke brushed it off and said, "I'm silly but not that silly to say such a thing and make it front page news". The incredible 9-0 wins in Test, ODI and one off T-20 match all add to team's glory. It was a team performance to show such an emphatic wins in all the three formats.

It's not fair to compare. For Clarke, the key to success for both teams would be to keep the respective top three batsmen in check.

Some excited local media went as far to declare it the death-knell for Faulkner's global career after 67 ODIs, only weeks before his 27th birthday.The fast-bowling all-rounder knew better, however, and his spell in the freezer is set to end in India this month where Australia play the hosts in five ODIs."It was pretty tough", Faulkner said of his axing in comments published by Cricket Australia's website on Tuesday.

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