Kohli better in ODIs: Clarke

Thursday, 14 Sep, 2017

India conquered the Sri Lanka tour 9-0 after demolishing the hosts across formats.

However, during the 2016-17 Test series, the bad blood spilled over between Kohli and Smith with the former saying that his friendship with the Australians was damaged. "Kohli leads by example and is the better skipper than Smith at the moment", he said. Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are two of the best batsmen in the world, across all three formats of the game.

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.

"Another focal point, besides their batting, is their assessment as leaders". So you have to rely on your friends and family and your team mates as well."I didn't get too much feedback (from selectors), to be honest."They said the pace has dropped down a little bit, maybe."But I bowl a lot of variations, so it's a tough one".

"In terms of captaincy, both are equal and they are improving". What is important is the team wins. "We have got match-winning players, there are enough talented players to beat any team in the world", Clarke asserted. 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.

India and Australia will also contest three T20Is at the conclusion of the ODI series. But as a group, they are slightly more relaxed in coloured clothing, as was evident from the body language in the dressing room during the limited-overs leg of the all-conquering tour of Sri Lanka. The Kangaroos managed to only draw the series against Bangladesh, despite traveling to the sub-continent as heavy-favourites. Clarke said the upcoming series could provide a blueprint to Australia's preparations for the World Cup in 2019. "In my time, seeing the way Sourav would take charge of the team, motivate his players, never taking a backward step, always being aggressive, I think that has transpired on", he said. 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. Will their top order go hard or will they try and consolidate for 50 overs and have wickets in hand?

"We are obviously looking forward to play a warm-up game before the series starts". I've been battling, to be honest, probably the last 18 months.

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