Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Aussies will have advantage in India, says Clarke

Aussies will have advantage in India, says Clarke

Laxman admitted there will be no dearth of competitiveness in a series comprising five ODIs and three T20Is as both teams will go all out for win. But for Steven Smith and David Warner who have played 98 and 96 ODI's respectively are on the verge of creating a unique record, some can only dream off. Can you imagine the two most experienced Australian batsmen would be making their debut in coloured clothes versus India?

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.

"No doubt, this is the No 1 rivalry", Laxman said.

Laxman rated Kohli better captain than Smith. Both of them had also clicked a picture together at that time (see above). "You mean business. This is sport, but this is also competition".

For the second time in successive series, India's top two spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been "rested" from the limited-overs team.

India squad for first three ODIs: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhone, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvender Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami. He is exciting and is fulfilling the role of a finisher to the tee.

The comparisons between Smith and Kohli are inevitable. "Asked if playing an ODI series was ideal preparation ahead of the Ashes series, Smith said", I don't think there is a problem with that".

"Captaincy, I can't split them at the moment, I think it is very even at this stage".

"The way Kohli leads the team, he is positive and proactive. Smith needs to find a way to crack that momentum early on in the series and needs to find a way for Australia to pick it again". "He has got some experience playing in these conditions in IPL".

"Their form over the last few months has been very inconsistent".

Danielle Wyatt, member of the world-cup winning England women's team, was the center of attraction on Twitter as she revealed a special gift from Indian skipper Virat Kohli but made a silly mistake.

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