India vs Australia 5th ODI

India vs Australia 5th ODI

Buoyed by their come-from-behind one-day series triumph in India, skipper Aaron Finch believes resurgent Australia have the blueprint in place to win the upcoming World Cup.

Australia beat India by 35 runs to win the fifth and final ODI on Wednesday and secure a 3-2 victory in the series.

It was Australia's first ODI series win in India since 2009, when a Ricky Ponting-led side won a seven-match series 4-2, and follows humbling home Test and ODI series defeats against the same opposition.

We know our playing XI going into the World Cup. Throughout the series, India tried out numerous combinations. He refused to pick out any single player as the standout performer and said they were many positives from the series.

"The fight we showed, we've had our backs against the wall for quite a while now so I'm really proud of the group".

While the action on the cricket field during the five one-day internationals between India and Australia was high quality, intense and, at most times, edge-of-the-seat stuff, the off-field discussion in India was dominated by one word you often associate with reality television: auditions. "Being down 2-0 it would have been easy to roll over".

"It's good we have had these losses, to correct these at the World Cup".

After all the talk about India being the much better side, the obvious question to ask Virat Kohli was: did he get the answers he was looking for from all the experiments at the cost of a series defeat?

But it was yesterday when Major General Ghafoor brought the house down with his tweet: "Very well played yet again Usman Khawaja".

A seventh-wicket stand of 91 runs between Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar created some nervous moments for the visitors but it was snapped when Cummins claimed his 14th wicket of the series.

Khawaja, who bettered Virat Kohli to finish the leading run-scorer of the series and all but cement his spot in Australia's World Cup squad, scored 100 in a total of 9-272 on Wednesday.

Australia has another chance to impress ahead of the World Cup with another five-match series against Pakistan in the UAE starting on Friday March 22. "It has been an unbelievable ride since India arrived in Australia", Langer said. Besides, useful contributions from Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins helped Australia post 272 runs. That said, India will surely look hard at the decisions they made, because being routed an Australian side missing the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner, may be a cause for concern. Former Australian World Cup victor Allan Border says, "There may no longer be room left in Australia's ODI XI for Steve Smith and David Warner after the team claimed its "best ever" series win in the format".

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