Virat better limited over batsman than Smith, feels Clarke


Virat better limited over batsman than Smith, feels Clarke

The Steve Smith-led side, which lost the Test series 2-1 to India earlier this year, will play five ODIs, with the first in Chennai on Sunday (17).

"Virat Kohli is a better limited over batsman, only just than Steve Smith". "The team for the three ODIs against Australia has been selected in line with the rotation policy of the Board and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested", said MSK Prasad, chairman of the senior selection committee. Taking a step forward, an Australian journalist named Dennis chose to insult Indian skipper, Virat Kohli.

Despite conceding to Kohli's superiority in white ball cricket, Clarke in his role as a TV pundit backed his former understudy Smith to reclaim the Ashes. The visitors extended their winning run to nine straight matches against the hapless hosts. Currently, South Africa is at number one position with Australia and India at number two and three respectively. They are in the process of trying different names in both batting and bowling departments.

Allrounder James Faulkner says it is a good opportunity for Australia to test themselves against one of the best limited-overs teams, in their own country. The last time we were here, we played some good, tuff cricket. Their next opposition, however, are Australia, and who knows how to be "ruthless" better than the kangaroos. Two young captains, two very good players, two very good captains and they both continue to improve.

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. Apart from the pride battle, the series will also mark history for the two players. I think that aggressive approach Sourav took, you see a lot of that in Virat's captaincy as well. With Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch all familiar with Indian conditions with loads of IPL experience behind them, they will no doubt would pose a major threat to the Indian bowling attack.

Laxman rated Kohli better captain than Smith. "India are a champions side", Laxman said. For Australia they need to find a way to get those three batsmen out ASAP, because if you allow them to bat for a long time, they just score so freely.

Chahal attributed large part of his relationship with Kohli to IPL where he plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore under him. Came from training now and I'm still sweating too much.

The Proteas took the ODI crown from the Aussies when they defeated Sri Lanka 5-0 in a series whitewash during a streak of 12 consecutive wins, and Faf du Plessis' team remain top on 119 points.



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