India vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

India vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

What makes it even more special is Australia achieved it without batting duo Steve Smith and David Warner, who are expected to join the team after serving ball-tampering bans that expire this month. On the other hand, it was Australia's first bilateral ODI series win since their victory over Pakistan in 2017.

"People have written us off for quite a while now", said the 32-year-old. They are a very young side, very inexperienced side but they showed more heart and more confidence in pressure situations.

To say India were put to the test by Australia would be an understatement with the hosts tasting a 3-2 defeat in the five-match ODI series after leading 2-0 at one stage. Those small moments in the game, to just let them drift away and India win the series.

"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.

Usman Khawaja's century led the visitors after captain Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to bat, Australia scoring 272-9.

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

"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".

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Khawaja, who was named man of the series, said it was a sweet revenge after the home ODIs defeat to India early this year.

Langer wouldn't be drawn on what the result would mean regarding the World Cup but made it clear the 3-2 series win on the sub-continent carried plenty of importance for a range of reasons.

Shankar has come a long way since his disastrous debut in the Nidahas T20 tri-series and could be a solid all-round option going forward for India if he continues to develop. He spoke to the team in the dressing room after the conclusion of the Australia series and told them that the next two months in the IPL they should go easy and enjoy the game.

The opener arrived in India seeking a maiden ODI century and returns with two of them against his name.

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.

Australia now head to the UAE to play Pakistan in a five-match series starting March 22 before the 50-over World Cup begins in late May in England and Wales. Pandya's significance has only increased after the loss and the team management will be desperate to have him fit and firing for the World Cup.