Australia's 2-year ODI losing streak ends in New Delhi

Australia's 2-year ODI losing streak ends in New Delhi

His most expensive bowling figures also came against Australia, in 2017 at Indore, when he conceded 75 runs and took two wickets.

"World Cup comes every four years and we play IPL every year (not to say that we won't be committed to playing the IPL) but we have to be smart and make smart decisions".

It was also Khawaja's third global century since he returned from knee surgery before the summer - a summer where he was repeatedly criticised for his low returns as India's Test side created history on Aussie soil.

With India racing to a 2-0 lead, a seventh consecutive series defeat loomed over Australia who pulled off a remarkable comeback by winning three matches in a row for a morale-lifting 3-2 series victory. Those small moments in the game, to just let them drift away and India win the series. 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".

"No one will be forced to do something but eventually, everyone knows that no one wants to miss the bus for the World Cup", Kohli stressed further.

The left-handed batsman accumulated 383 runs in the five ODI games to top the series run chart ahead of India skipper Virat Kohli.

Usman Khawaja bagged the Man of the Series and the Man of the Match at Delhi for his phenomenal show with the bat. The tourists also ran out 2-0 winners in the preceding T20I series.

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India's reply struggled for momentum as Australia's seam attack kept things tight early on, but it was a sensational set of six from Zampa (3-46 from 10 overs) that really damaged the hosts.

- Pat Cummins took 14 wickets in the series which is the joint-third most for a bowler in a bilateral ODI series against India in India.

He's now also the batsman to score most runs against India in a five-match ODI series against India. It's been a long season, and we can be proud of the cricket we have played over the last few months.

"It is going to be tough to pick the World Cup squad".

The 12-month bans handed down to Smith and Warner by Cricket Australia for their role in the Cape Town ball-tampering incident end on March 28 and the duo are expected to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) before the World Cup starting May 30. "We are Australia and come the World Cup, we are always favourites" - all this without David Warner, Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc.

The importance of the five-match series against the world champions - India's last before this year's World Cup - was not lost on Kohli who wanted to assess the team's preparedness for the showpiece event in England and Wales.

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