With Star Sports anchor Jatin Sapru moderating the panel discussion here on Tuesday to herald the series, Clarke and Laxman batted with the controlled aggression that marked their work at the crease and their interaction was interspersed with light humour. We can't split them, two very young and good captains.
Players like David Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins have had successful IPL stints and Clarke said the team should have no excuses in the shorter format. Apart from the pride battle, the series will also mark history for the two players. I think that's the greatest challenge at the moment in Test cricket, in particular - winning away from home. "It is a long way to go to the World Cup, but the endeavour will be to rotate the players around and give enough opportunities so that with 12-15 months to go for the World Cup, you have a nucleus of about 18-20 players in place whom you can choose from". They haven't played as much cricket as they would have liked. "He knows his game a lot better now than when he started his career", Clarke said.
Reflecting on the past exchanges, Clarke noted, "It would be hard for me to compare but every time I competed against India, it was very competitive on the field".
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Where there is talent, there will be comparison.
"Virat Kohli is a better limited over batsman, only just than Steve Smith". In spite of playing just seven T20Is, Chahal has recorded the best bowling figures by an Indian in the format when he took six wickets against England in Bangalore earlier this year.
"Kohli is an aggressive skipper who is not afraid to lose". "I am very happy how Hardik is taking a lot of burden".
India pacer Mohammed Shami on Wednesday said India have special plans for Australia, adding a whitewash is not on their minds as the visitors are a strong cricket unit.
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Laxman also praised all-rounder Hardik Pandya, saying that he is performing well as a finisher.
This is probably the first time a World XI side has no Indian in it. BCCI too has taken a stand not to send Indian players to tour Pakistan because of the differences between the two countries.
The Aussies would need to win the five-match series by a margin of 4-1 or better, to return to the No.1 ranking for the first time since being dethroned by South Africa in February.
I reckon the top three of both teams.
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Some excited local media went as far to declare it the death-knell for Faulkner's worldwide career after 67 ODIs, only weeks before his 27th birthday.The fast-bowling all-rounder knew better, however, and his spell in the freezer is set to end in India this month where Australia play the hosts in five ODIs."It was pretty tough", Faulkner said of his axing in comments published by Cricket Australia's website on Tuesday.