India vs Australia, 2nd ODI Match, Australia in India, 2017


Shami, who along with Umesh Yadav is making a comeback into the side after being rested in the ODIs against the Lankans, said visiting skipper Steve Smith and dashing opener David Warner are always a threat. "He is obviously a very good player and has a phenomenal ODI record".

It looks like cricket fans in Chennai are all set for the India-Australia ODI to be held here on September 17. If you see the performance of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel, it doesn't look like that they have just started playing global cricket. "In such a short span of time the impact these two players have had on worldwide cricket is just awesome", said Laxman, who made a match-winning 281 against Australia in the epic 2001 Kolkata Test. The players know each other quite better because of tournaments like the IPL.

"And I think when you are playing global cricket it's not necessary to be friendly on field..."

"And at the end of the day, it's up to you to be on the spot. They won nine matches on the Sri Lanka tour and I was more satisfied with the dominating nature of their victories", Laxman told India TV in an exclusive chat. Clarke said that Virat is a better ODI batsman than Smith, "but just by that much". He added that this was a very balanced team with hardly a weak link and the present series provides an opportunity for the Indian youngsters to shine.

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Laxman rated Kohli better captain than Smith.

"Virat Kohli is a better limited over batsman, only just than Steve Smith".

"Kohli is an aggressive skipper who is not afraid to lose. I don't think it's fair to compare this one-day squad to the one that went to Bangladesh", Clarke said. He also has a very big advantage of having someone like MS Dhoni on the field, probably one of the most successful captains.

Talking about the one player who could make the difference between the teams, Clarke picked Cummins while Laxman couldn't stop gushing about the emergence of Hardik Pandya as the team's finisher, a role that players like Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh had previously revelled in. At the moment, Kohli's team is winning.

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"No doubt, this is the No 1 rivalry", Laxman said.

"Sweepers clean the stadium in readiness for the World XI match", tweeted the journalist. It was a team performance to show such an emphatic wins in all the three formats. For Clarke, the key to success for both teams would be to keep the respective top three batsmen in check.

Team India has defeated Sri Lanka across all formats including Tests, ODIs, and T20Is and Virat Kohli & co. will now take on Australia for the five match ODI series and three-match T20I series.

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