Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Kohli better in ODIs: Clarke

Kohli better in ODIs: Clarke

India will look to beat No.1 ODI team Australia in the 5-match ODI series and 3-match T20 series which is scheduled to start from 17 September 2017.

Laxman is mighty impressed with Kohli's captaincy and feels that the positive attitude of the skipper actually rubs off on the other players and that has helped this Indian team become the dominating force that they have become in the previous year. 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. It all depends on the execution of their plans with consistency, which will play an important role in determining the champion side for the series. At the moment, Virat is on top as his team are winning.

Meanwhile, two-time world champs West Indies face an arduous task of trying to directly qualify for the 2019 World Cup.

"In limited-overs cricket, I think Virat is ahead of Steve, but just by that much". But at the end of the day, it's up to you to be back.

Reflecting on the past exchanges, Clarke noted, "It would be hard for me to compare but every time I competed against India, it was very competitive on the field. We haven't had much success in the past and winning 4-1 against the Indian team will put us on top of the ODI ranking table", said Clarke.

For the India-Australia series, Virat will choose the players from 25-30 cricketers after testing them thoroughly.

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Where there is talent, there will be comparison. "I have a good opportunity against tough opponents in their backyard", he said. Virat also has the advantage of having someone like MS Dhoni in the team.

Laxman heaped praise on India all-rounder Hardik Pandya but reckoned he should be consistent with his bowling. "The selection panel must have communicated the decision to rest them", Laxman said. Clarke brushed it off and said, "I'm silly but not that silly to say such a thing and make it front page news".

Jason Holder's men will play a one-off limited-overs match against Ireland tomorrow, before a five-match ODI series against England, and will need to win five of the six games if they are to secure an automatic place in the World Cup.

India completed an overwhelmingly successful tour of Sri Lanka, winning every worldwide match - 3-0 in the Tests, 5-0 in the ODIs and 1-0 in the lone T20I.

Former India batsman VVS Laxman believes superb form and batting depth make Virat Kohli's Team India the firm favourites to win the upcoming five-match one-day global series against Australia, starting from September 17 in Chennai.

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