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Clarke rates Kohli higher than Smith

12th September 2017, 19:25 by Jack Ogalbe

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes Virat Kohli is a better one-day batsman than Steve Smith.

The pair are set to clash when Kohli leads his India side into a five-match ODI series against Smith's Aussies, starting on Sunday in Chennai.

Kohli became the fastest batsman in the history of the game to make 30 ODI centuries, reaching the milestone in just 194 matches, and he currently averages 55.

His counterpart's average in the format is 44 and Clarke rates the Indian as the superior player over 50 overs, although he feels Smith has the advantage in Tests.

"Virat is a better ODI batsman but just about that. Smith perhaps is better in the longer format," he said. "In terms of captaincy, both are equal and they are improving. At the moment, Virat is on top as his team is winning.

"But again, irrespective of the number of runs you score, what matters is whether your team is winning matches or not."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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