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Cricket- Former Australian captain Clarke says Kohli better ODI batsman than Smith

Published: September 12, 2017

STORY: Former Australian captain Michael Clarke on Tuesday (September 12) said Indian skipper Virat Kohli was a better limited-overs batsman than Steve Smith.

Addressing reporters with Indian batting great V.V.S Laxman, Clarke said the current Australian captain was a better batsman in the longer format of the game.

He said both the captains were equally good captaincy-wise, but added that Kohli was enjoying a better run with his recent victories.

Kohli’s men bulldozed over a hapless Sri Lanka beating them in all three formats, while Australia landed in India on the back of a challenging Bangladesh Test series which they barely managed to level.

Clarke said a good result against hosts India would be immense for the Smith side going into the 2019 World Cup.

Australia will be without the services of pace spearhead Mitchell Starc and fast bowler Josh Hazlewood for the Indian tour, however, Clarke said the team from Down Under cannot use it as an excuse while playing at their ‘second home’.

Laxman, who famously helped to end former Australian captain Steve Waugh’s hopes of a 17th successive victory at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 1999 with match winning knock 281 of runs, said the current Indian group did not pose any weak links.

The five-match one-day international series will start from September 17.

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