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Smith sees no spin threat for Australia in India

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"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".

Team India head coach Ravi Shastri though clarified to India Today's Boria Majumdar that the team's priority was Test cricket which is why the spin twins can not play in every limited-overs series.

"I think over the next few days, everybody would want to speak about Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli but at the end of the day, it comes down to one thing, and that is the team that wins".

Kohli became the fastest batsman in the history of the game to reach 30 ODI centuries, after only 194 matches, with the India skipper averaging more than 55 runs per innings.

"As leaders, I think it's very even at this stage of their careers".

Virat Kohli is admired in the world by most of the players, but this time the Indian skipper has been remembered by someone special.

Star Indian all-rounders Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have once again been rested for the first three ODIs of the five-match series against Australia starting September 17.

Clarke also said Australia needs to decide on their style of play.

"I think it will be played in good spirit". "He has got some experience playing in these conditions in IPL". About their captaincy I can't say.

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