Admitting that India are now in a very "good nick", Australian all-rounder James Faulkner believes that its going to be a real test for them when they face Virat Kohli and Co.in the limited-overs series starting 17 September.
Clarke predicted a 3-2 series win for Australia, who are narrowly ahead of Virat Kohli's charges on the rankings.
And Clarke believes those achievements highlight clearly the field in which each man excels. "Virat is a better captain and while they are both young, Smith wasn't very proactive during the Test series".
Asked which batsmen he rates higher, Clarke said: 'Virat is a better ODI batsman but just about that.
Australia all-rounder James Faulkner yesterday said experience of playing in the IPL and last year's ICC World Twenty20 in India will hold the visitors in good stead in the upcoming limited over series here.
Clarke added: "Another focal point besides their batting is their assessment as leaders".
"I think this team has certainly got that aggression in them... they are led by an aggressive captain".
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Despite the aggression on field, the camaraderie between the players of both the teams improved over the years after the Indian Premier League, the inception of which has seen many Australian players treating India as their second home. Along with that, like I said, what's important as a captain is that your team in winning. At the moment, Kohli's team is winning.
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. Spin has turned out to be major Achilles for Australia in recent times in sub-continent but Smith will be keen to address the problem with a win on Indian shores this time around.
David Warner hit 64 at the top of the order, while Marcus Stoinis top-scored with 76 before Ashton Agar took 4-44 to boost his chances of selection in the series.
"Are they going to be an aggressive team?" Two of the strongest teams in the world will be up against each other in front of a capacity crowd in India.
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.
"Their form over the last few months has been very inconsistent".
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