"At the moment though, like I said, what's important as a captain is that your team is winning and Virat Kohli's team is winning", he added. Doesn't mean Ashwin is dropped, means youngsters are being given a chance.
Laxman was delighted by the progress of Hardik Pandya. "It's a tough role to be a finisher but he can play that role", Laxman said.
Predicting the scoreline, Laxman said: "4-1 to India because the Australian bowling department looks very weak". The spinners are inexperienced and that is where the Indians will have an upper hand.
After Virat Kohli-led team India made the world record by beating Sri Lanka with 9-0, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the 16 members Indian squad for first three ODIs against Australia on 10 September.
Kohli had accused Smith of "cheating" but the visiting captain promised there won't be any controversy this time.
"Virat is a better limited-over batsman, only just; Steve Smith is a better Test batsman, in my opinion".