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India captain Virat Kohli is a superior one-day worldwide batsman to Australia counterpart Steve Smith, according to former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke.

Kohli became the fastest batsman in the history of the game to reach 30 ODI centuries, after only 194 matches, with the India skipper averaging more than 55 runs per innings.

"Virat is a better limited-over batsman, only just; Steve Smith is a better Test batsman, in my opinion".

The reigning 50-over World Champions have struggled to counter spin and captain Steve Smith has admitted it will a big challenge for them to adapt to spin-friendly conditions. "So, I am excited to be back in the group.it's a good opportunity to play against a very good opposition in their own country", he added.

Having made winning a habit and boasting of a renewed vigour and aggression under the new captain Virat Kohli, comparisons were bound to happen between the present Indian squad and the Australian team in its prime. "Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile need to take those early wickets if Australia wants to win the series", the former Australia captain said.

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"Look, they (India) have played a lot of one-day cricket, off-late".

Kohli and Smith are poised to go head-to-head in five ODIs and three Twenty20s, starting in Chennai on September 17.

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

I reckon the top three of both teams. "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.

"It doesn't matter who makes the runs - Kohli or Smith".

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After a long tour of Sri Lanka, Indian cricket team will be in action once again as they face Australia at home.

With 2019 World Cup being considered as the next holy grail, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), national selectors, captain Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri are now on an experimental spree to try out different combinations. Two of the strongest teams in the world will be up against each other in front of a capacity crowd in India. So, there's a carrot right there, another carrot right there for Steve Smith and his team.

"Looking forward to playing the warm-up game before the series starts".

"Their form over the last few months has been very inconsistent". The Australian fans expect Australia to be at the top of the tree, to be No. 1 in the world, and if we can beat India, I think 4-1, and then we will get there.

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