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Some excited local media went as far to declare it the death-knell for Faulkner's global 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.

After India sealed the series against Sri Lanka in Colombo, Virat Kohli - yet to lose a series as a full-time Test captain - expressed the team is no longer bothered about playing at home or away and have their focus only on winning.

Team India came up trumps in the just concluded Sri Lankan tour with skipper Virat Kohli in peak form in all the three formats of the game.

"I think this Australian team has huge potential".

Despite conceding to Kohli's superiority in white ball cricket, Clarke in his role as a TV pundit backed his former understudy Smith to reclaim the Ashes. I think the selectors and the team management would be really happy with that.

The scores from the last ODI series Australia played in India - in 2013 - lend credence to Clarke's views as 300s and 350s were scored and chased down with consummate ease. Currently, South Africa is at number one position with Australia and India at number two and three respectively.

Smith, meanwhile, has the better Test record, averaging almost 60 as opposed to Kohli's 49.55.

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Although the Australian knows the conditions in the sub-continent pretty well thanks to his regular presence in the IPL, he said his team wouldn't get a specific message from him. "Smith, I believe, is a better Test batsman", Clarke said during a media interaction in Delhi on Tuesday.

Laxman is mighty impressed with Kohli's captaincy and feels that the positive attitude of the skipper actually rubs off on the other players and that has helped this Indian team become the dominating force that they have become in the previous year.

"And I must say that along with having faith in my own belief, it is the seniors like Kohli bhai and Mahi bhai who make the job of youngsters like me easier".

"No doubt, this is the No 1 rivalry", Laxman said.

"They are not only two modern-day captains but two modern-day greats". A few months later, Australia have arrived in India, once again, and this time for the limited overs series, which is expected to be another humdinger of a contest.

In the Test series Kohli had expressed his displeasure after Smith looked up to his dressing room while deciding whether to review his lbw dismissal in the Bangalore match, and a war of words erupted between the two captains. I think this team has that aggressive intent because they've been made this way by aggressive captains.

"Most of the boys have played here in the IPL and T20 World Cup". He has got so much to offer. "But, this team really needs to have some success on this tour", he said.



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