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Challenging time for Smith the captain, says Clarke

Kolkata: Steve Smith is in the middle of a challenging phase as captain and he must define the way for the Australian team's comeback in the ongoing ODI series against India, feels his former skipper Michael Clarke.
"Smith's batting has been outstanding for a long time but his captaincy is challenged now. He needs to define the way for his team to have success," Clarke said. Having drawn the two-Test series in Bangladesh, Smith's captaincy is likely to be tested to the limit with Australia trailing 0-1 in the five-ODI series against India.
Australia had the series opener in Chennai firmly in control with India reeling at 87 for five before MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya turned it around with a century partnership en route to a 26-run win via D/L method.
"It's high time that Australia make a comeback. I think this is the match that will decide the course of the series," he said of the Eden second onedayer on September 21.
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