Australia now eye World Cup crown

Paola Ditto
Marzo 17, 2019

Australia came from behind to record a 3-2 series win, an improbable result after the first two matches when they were down 0-2.

"They beat us in Australia, so to come back from those first couple of losses and win three in a row to win the series is a great feeling", said Khawaja after being adjudged the man-of-the-series. He is now at the third place in the list of players scoring most centuries at home in global cricket alongside Hashim Amla. "We just have to take better decisions in pressure situations to go far in the World Cup".

Usman Khawaja, the Man of the Series, topped the run charts, making 383 runs in 5 matches at an average of 76.6, scoring two hundreds and a score of over 90.

Although the former captains will be eligible for selection once their bans expire on March 28, they won't make their global comebacks until at least the Cricket World Cup.

After a 2-1 home defeat by South Africa in November, selectors bit the bullet, picked batsmen not bashers and settled on a plan for the World Cup in England and Wales, starting on May 30. "We're playing well right now".

"Although he's recently gone through a real tough time, if he can get through the other side of that before the World Cup, it could be - as hard as it sounds on him - it nearly could be ideal timing". Any of half a dozen teams have virtually an equal chance of winning the trophy and it all depends on how they are able to raise their game and play above their potential in the matches.

Following their heroic comeback to win the one-day series triumph in India, captain Aaron Finch accepts resurgent Australia have the outline set up to win the up and coming World Cup. While players of other countries have confirmed they will leave the tournament early to prepare for the World Cup, the Indian players do not enjoy the same luxury due to obvious reasons. "But we used these three games to give game time to guys who we think are good enough to perform at this level", he added.

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

The former India allrounder said he would watch every match closely while admitting that he is very concerned with the possibility of players' picking up injury. But never take it for granted to be honest. A win would have made the Indians that much more complacent; at least now they know where they stand. It's nice to get runs but it always hurts when you don't win", he said."From a personal point of view it's huge.

"In any case, the battle that we appeared, we've had our all out of options for a long time presently so I'm extremely pleased with the team."
This is the most number of wickets in a bilateral ODI series for Australia after Clint McKay and Mitchell Johnson. To be here in India and winning this series, it's massive. Moreover, no player has now hit more sixes in ODI cricket for India than him.

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