Who's better: Kohli or Smith? Michael Clarke has his say

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Smith takes his side on tour to India for a five-match ODI series and a three-match T20 series prior to hosting England in the Ashes this winter, and Clarke is backing Kohli to lead his charges to victory against the Australians.

However, former skipper Michael Clarke, however, said that Australia can win the series by a margin of 3-2.

And Clarke believes those achievements highlight clearly the field in which each man excels. In his last seven ODIs, the Punjab cricketer has managed to score just 162 runs. Clarke said that Virat is a better ODI batsman than Smith, "but just by that much". And with Kohli and Smith at the helm, it is hard to see how the two teams would lay off each other if it came down to mind-games.

"And at the end of the day, it's up to you to be on the spot".

Clarke added: "Another focal point besides their batting is their assessment as leaders".

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'In terms of captaincy, both are equal and they are improving.

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami. Virat's team is winning. During the Test series between Team India and Australia earlier this year, tensions were at an all-time high. This also isn't the first time Pakistani fans have stood up for the Indian captain.

I reckon the top three of both teams.

Asked if this series would actually see the start of the preparations for the 2019 World Cup, Laxman begged to differ.

"The amount of one-day cricket that India are going to play gives the management and selectors ample opportunity to try out various combinations", Laxman said.

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Australia: Steve Smith (Captain), David Warner (vice-captain), Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Adam Zampa.

An India-Australia series played without fireworks on the field, without the sledging and banter is a rarity.

The big-hitting all-rounder, who bowls left-arm medium-pace, said he was happy to be back in the team and looked forward to putting up a solid performance against India. I've been battling, to be honest, probably the last 18 months.

"I want to do as well as I can and play my part in these conditions, which are obviously different from back in Australia."Australia meet a Board President's XI in a warm-up match later on Tuesday ahead of the first ODI in Chennai on Sunday".

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