India vs Australia, 2nd ODI Match, Australia in India, 2017

Faulkner joins Pat Cummins Nathan Coulter Nile and Kane Richardson in a pace attack against India’s formidable batting lineup

Earlier Clarke had also compared Virat Kohli with Australian captain Steve Smith, saying Kohli is a better ODI batsman but Smith is better in the longer format.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday announced the squad for the first three ODIs against Australia, starting September 17 in Chennai.

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. "Smith, I believe, is a better Test batsman", Clarke said during a media interaction in Delhi on Tuesday. The above mentioned questions have plagued the Indian cricket for the better part of last 25 years and in the contest over the years sledging, aggression, one-upmanship have taken centre stage. Two young captains, two very good players, two very good captains and they both continue to improve. "I don't see any weak link in this Indian team", he said.

Australia's road to this series has been plagued with inconsistencies which was highlighted by the World Cup winning team failing to qualify for the semi-final of the Champions Trophy.

In an interview with the Hindustan Times, Clarke did a thourough preview of the upcoming India-Australia series. They haven't played as much cricket as they would have liked. The five match series will be followed by three-match T20 series to conclude the tour. They are in a very good nick at the moment. The reason for Yuvraj's axing from the Sri Lanka limited-overs series was directly associated with his failure to clear the endurance test.

India and Australia would be considering this series to be a precursor for their preparations for the 2019 World Cup in England. With Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch all familiar with Indian conditions with loads of IPL experience behind them, they will no doubt would pose a major threat to the Indian bowling attack.

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"Are they going to be an aggressive team?"

India were on top against struggling Sri Lankan side in the recently concluded series and players like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Axar and Chahal came out in flying colours.

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.

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

"Sweepers clean the stadium in readiness for the World XI match", tweeted the journalist.

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