Virat Kohli Or Steve Smith? Michael Clarke Picks His Favourite ODI Batsman

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Former Australian captain Michael Clarke, too, had his take on it and called Smith a better Test player than Kohli.

India and Australia will take on each other in a five-match ODI series starting on Sunday, September 17.

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's men will come into the series full of confidence after inflicting a 9-0 whitewash on Sri Lanka over three formats. "Seems to me that Virat is not scared to lose and that's a great advantage", said Clarke. "It's all about what gives us more balance", the Indian captain added.

Laxman is mighty impressed with Kohli's captaincy and feels that the positive attitude of the skipper actually rubs off on the other players and that has helped this Indian team become the dominating force that they have become in the a year ago. Along with that, like I said, what's important as a captain is that your team in winning. The Royal Challengers Bangalore duo are trying to replicate similar success with the national team as Kohli has been backing the spinner in ODIs and T20Is. "One Day Internationals (ODIs) are a completely different format compared to Test cricket".

Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal might be relatively new to worldwide cricket, but he has already made a case for himself to be part of the playing XI in the limited-overs formats. On his first tour in 2003, Australia defeated India in a tri-series final in Kolkata on a pitch that turned square from the first ball.

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"I think this team has certainly got that aggression in them... they are led by an aggressive captain". They have opted not to make any changes in the squad which blanked Sri Lanka in the limited-overs series at their yard.

Asked if this series would actually see the start of the preparations for the 2019 World Cup, Laxman begged to differ.

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

Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa. They were looking within to improve, as individuals and as a team.

Amidst all this, chances of Yuvraj making a return to India's playing XI looks very bleak at the moment. "I have been battling to be honest, probably the last 18 months. Though they will miss Starc and Hazelwood, there are a lot of match-winning players and I believe that this team can beat India".

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