Kohli a better limited over batsman than Smith: Clarke

"That's the hallmark of a champion side", Laxman said. The impact they have had at the worldwide level is wonderful. Check out the angry reactions the tweet got:Do you also think that Dennis shouldn't have posted such insulting tweet for Virat Kohli? Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja continued to be rested as the selectors announced a 16-member squad for the series starting September 17. Don't go by the dictionary meaning of rested. It doesn't mean Ashwin is dropped, it means youngsters are being given a chance. "They know the conditions really well. and this is a massive series for us". "Smith wasn't very proactive during the Test series".

On the other hand, the Men in Blue are coming off a successful tour of Sri Lanka, wherein they whitewashed the hosts in all the three formats. "The role of finisher is being fulfilled by Hardik Pandya".

Asked to take a guess on the scoreline, Laxman said: "4-1 to India because the Australian bowling department looks very weak". But spinners are inexperienced, that is why India will dominate.

The comparisons between Smith and Kohli are inevitable.

"In limited-overs cricket, I think Virat is ahead of Steve, but just by that much".

"I think over the next few days, everybody would want to speak about Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli but at the end of the day, it comes down to one thing, and that is the team that wins. This was then followed by Anil Kumble, MS Dhoni and now Kohli incorporating their individual styles of aggression", said Clarke, who is a World Cup winning captain. As far as captaincy is concerned, it is very even at this stage.

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"The way Kohli leads the team, he is positive and proactive".

The scores from the last ODI series Australia played in India - in 2013 - lend credence to Clarke's views as 300s and 350s were scored and chased down with consummate ease.

India and Australia would be considering this series to be a precursor for their preparations for the 2019 World Cup in England.

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. "I have been battling to be honest, probably the last 18 months".

"They (India) have played a lot of one-day cricket in the recent past. In such a short span of time the impact these two players have had on global cricket is just fantastic", said Laxman, who made a match-winning 281 against Australia in the epic 2001 Kolkata Test.

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