Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Kohli better than Smith in limited-overs - Clarke

Kohli better than Smith in limited-overs - Clarke

(Steve) Smith is a better Test batsman than Virat.

"Smith I believe is a better Test batsman".

Despite the aggression on field, the camaraderie between the players of both the teams improved over the years after the Indian Premier League, the inception of which has seen many Australian players treating India as their second home.

When asked whether Virat Kohli's Team India is more prepared to win overseason, Clarke refused to compare the present team with that of Sourav Ganguly's.

"But again, irrespective of the number of runs you score, what matters is whether your team is winning matches or not".

The four-match Test series played between India and Australia provided plenty of verbal's and heated exchanges between the sides.

One-day worldwide and T20s are not as intense as Test cricket, at least not for Virat Kohli's men.

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On who is a better player, Clarke replied: "Virat is a better limited overs batsman, but only just".

"I think this team has certainly got that aggression in them... they are led by an aggressive captain".

After a successful ODI series in the island nation, the selectors have retained him in the Indian squad to face Australia in a five-match ODI series that gets underway later this week. They have opted not to make any changes in the squad which blanked Sri Lanka in the limited-overs series at their yard.

They are a risky ODI side, especially with players such as Smith, Warner and Maxwell having great IPL experience of playing in India, they can make life tough for the home team.

Despite being a seasoned pro, the all-rounder says team members do not need his advice. "Very different conditions. Pitches are also going to be very different in the one-dayers and the T20s to what they faced here in the Test series and what they faced in the Bangladesh series", Clarke said.

Australia: Steve Smith (Captain), David Warner (vice-captain), Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Adam Zampa.

India were on top against struggling Sri Lankan side in the recently concluded series and players like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Axar and Chahal came out in flying colours. This is a departure from the early days of Clarke's career where turners awaited visiting teams in India even in ODIs. "I have been battling to be honest, probably the last 18 months". Australia's last game in Chennai was back in 1996 when they beat New Zealand in a World Cup encounter.

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