Clarke: Kohli a better ODI batsman than Smith

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"And at the moment, Kohli's team is winning".

Clarke was asked about whether this side, led by Smith, is the weakest to tour India, considering they did not even qualify for the Champions Trophy semifinal. "Steve Smith in my opinion is a better Test batsman right now than Virat Kohli", Clarke told reporters during a panel discussion on Tuesday in the national capital. "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.

In the Test series Kohli had expressed his displeasure after Smith looked up to his dressing room while deciding whether to review his lbw dismissal in the Bangalore match, and a war of words erupted between the two captains.

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"No doubt, this is the No 1 rivalry", Laxman said. "But when I saw Steve Smith in the Test series, I felt he was not as pro-active as he should be". Don't go by the dictionary meaning of rested.

The series against Sri Lanka saw the inclusion of young spinners Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in Ashwin and Jadeja's absence. Laxman heaped praise on India all-rounder Hardik Pandya but reckoned he should be consistent with his bowling. "It's a tough role to be a finisher but he can play that role", Laxman said.

Virat Kohli is a better batsman than Steve Smith in ODI cricket while the Australia captain is number one in the longest format of the game, according to Michael Clarke. The spinners are inexperienced and that is where the Indians will have an upper hand.

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Smith, who has eight ODI centuries, said he was not too concerned about the gulf between him and Kohli but to be successful in the series, they will have to get Kohli out cheaply. "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".

"And I think when you are playing global cricket it's not necessary to be friendly on field". "He has got some experience playing in these conditions in IPL".

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