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Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke has backed Steve Smith's team to topple India in the coming one-day global series, saying their experience in the Indian Premier League will play a key role.

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. "Seems to me that Virat is not scared to lose and that's a great advantage", said Clarke. Spin has turned out to be major Achilles for Australia in recent times in sub-continent but Smith will be keen to address the problem with a win on Indian shores this time around.

"From the players' point of view they all would love to be good at Tests but the way the game is progressing, it is important to be versatile and flexible".

Virat Kohli has always shared a volatile relationship with Australians. "We have got match-winning players, there are enough talented players to beat any team in the world", Clarke asserted.

India and Australia will also contest three T20Is at the conclusion of the ODI series.

One-day global and T20s are not as intense as Test cricket, at least not for Virat Kohli's men.

The first batch of Australian cricketers, who were not part of the Bangladesh tour and arrived in the city on Friday, were out in the blazing sun for a almost three-hour practice session on Sunday in preparation for next week's ODI against India.

"I think Kohli is a better captain - both of them are young in their captaincy career". But as a group, they are slightly more relaxed in coloured clothing, as was evident from the body language in the dressing room during the limited-overs leg of the all-conquering tour of Sri Lanka.

Both men are passionate and love to give it back to the opposition and lead their teams from the front.

The players sledged and battled, Steve Smith was panned for looking at the dressing room during a referral, the media got involved, muck was thrown at Kohli.

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

Indian players have not toured Pakistan for a long time because of the unrest between the two countries and cricket fans have surely missed the two teams.

"I think it's time for the Australian team to really decide how they want to approach the 2019 World Cup". So, there's a carrot right there, another carrot right there for Steve Smith and his team.

"Their form over the last few months has been very inconsistent".

The journalist may have been referring to the match being played between Pakistan and the World XI team.

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