Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australia target World Cup win after clinching ODI series against India

Australia target World Cup win after clinching ODI series against India

The hosts were bowled out for 237 as Australia claimed victory.

It came long before his man-of-the-series effort in India, where he scored 383 runs - more than Virat Kohli and more than any other batsman has managed in a five-match ODI series against India.

Better yet, it was a stirring comeback after trailing 2-0 in the five-match series against one of the World Cup favorites.

"To get over the line in three of them was a great series all round. I'm really proud of the group for coming back".

Australian cricket has suffered a torrid year since Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned for ball-tampering during a Test last March, an incident that prompted a national outcry.

The win is Australia's third in a row of the tour, seeing them overturn a 2-0 series deficit.

"People have written us off for quite a while now".

"We always knew that the plans and the style that we wanted to play are all there (and) can win us the World Cup", he added.

Usman Khawaja's century led the visitors after captain Aaron Finch won the toss and made a decision to bat, Australia scoring 272-9. It was the first bilateral ODI series loss under Virat Kohli's captaincy on home soil.

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"Man of the series in a one-day tournament in India, I wasn't even in the one-day side this time previous year", he told reporters after the match.

Zampa's wonderful over just after the midway point proved crucial as two key India batsmen were removed, Rohit and Jadeja both stumped by Carey. "Well done Australia for winning the series", his post read.

- Kuldeep Yadav conceded 74 runs while taking a wicket in the final ODI played at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground which is now his second-most expensive bowling figures in ODIs.

India will also be fretting on the second wicketkeeper's slot after Pant's patchy glovework in the last two matches when Mahendra Singh Dhoni was rested.

After the heartbreaking loss to Australia, former India cricketer Irfan Pathan's words of encouragement is just what was needed for the heartbroken Team India.

In their absence, Pat Cummins, who took a series-high 14 wickets, and Jhye Richardson formed a potent new ball attack while Usman Khawaja catapulted himself into World Cup considerations with a stellar performance with the bat.

"Winning the T20 series was a huge achievement as well, because we know India have been the kings of white-ball cricket over the last little bit". Australia will now play Pakistan in Dubai, whereas the Indian players will join their franchises ahead of the upcoming IPL season.

A clearer picture will emerge after the ODI series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates later this month, but the manner of their victory against India makes Finch confident of their title defence at the World Cup.

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