Keeping Kohli "quiet" would be key for success: Steve Smith

Arriving freshly from the historic tour-wash over a beleaguered Sri Lanka side, Team India are now up against a formidable Australian team for a limited-over series.

Team India will start off with their home series against Australia with the first ODI to be played at Chidambaram Stadium on September 17.

Had it been for some of the Sri Lankan cricketers, who have some tough and long names, it would have been understandable for Wyatt to make a mistake, but with Kohli, how can one even misspell a five letter-name?

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

Smith also hoped that leg-spinner Adam Zampa would do well for them in the series. "Also it doesn't mean that Ashwin and Jadeja have been dropped", Laxman tried to explain his viewpoint.

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.

On India's top spinning duo - R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja - being "rested" for the series, Laxman said: "The communication channel is very clear". "He is exciting and is fulfilling the role of a finisher".

Speaking to the media, Clarke said, "In limited-overs cricket, I think Virat is ahead of Steve, but just by that much".

"Captaincy, I can't split them at the moment, I think it is very even at this stage".

India squad for first three ODIs: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhone, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvender Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

While there is evidence to back this theory, Kohli and the board has no option but to take Twitter conspiracy theories in their stride and take bold decisions in the run up to the 2019 World Cup.

"I think the one-day group has played spin pretty well for a while". He has got some experience playing in the IPL.

"Their form over the last few months has been very inconsistent". Along with that, like I said, what's important as a captain is that your team is winning.

  • Rogelio Becker