Aaron Finch Praises Australia After "Unbelievable" Series Win Against India


With the World Cup coming up quickly, Cummins said it would be a tough job for selectors to narrow down the top performers to just 15 players.

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

"We are sorted combination wise". There will be just one change based on condition. "We have played some really consistent cricket, the biggest challenge in India is to adapt to the conditions and this was my first series here, so really proud of the boys." he said.

"It's huge. Just winning a series in India is huge". Among the batsmen, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav and Kohli himself played all five matches, and so did allrounder Vijay Shankar.

Incidentally, Dhoni did not feature in the last two games with young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant struggling to fill in the former India captain's shoes. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was tidy returning 3/48, while Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja added two each. No batsman has ever scored so many runs in a five-match ODI series against India.

"Last three games, the idea was to give fringe guys some (game) time and see how they react". And you couldn't have tried that anywhere else apart from those three games. That is not an excuse at all because we expect to raise our standard of cricket. It will never be an excuse.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Asad Umar also praised Khawaja for his outstanding performance and jokingly tweeted: "What do you think, should we not honour Usman Khawaja with a national award this [coming] Pakistan Day?"

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

"These are our conditions, we can't be weighed down by our own conditions", he said. Were courageous in pressure situations, they way they raised their intensity meant they were deserving winners.

"So even the way they batted in Mohali after [Glenn] Maxwell got out, chasing 130-odd in 13 overs was an outstanding effort". These guys must enjoy themselves, even though being on the road for so long does take a toll. Credit has to be given where it's due.

But the skipper urged his players to manage their workload during the almost two-month-long Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament starting 23 March, in their bid to stay fit for the 50-over World Cup in England and Wales beginning on 30 May. "Great character and great fight shown from the players", said Langer.

Kohli, whose team won an ODI series in Australia then hammered the Black Caps 4-1 in New Zealand to stamp their cup favouritism alongside England, believed there were no standouts ahead of the United Kingdom tournament starting on May 30. Not to say we won't be committed to the IPL, but we've got to be smart.

"This, we feel, is our most balanced side", declared Kohli at the toss in the decider as he rung in the changes once again. The responsibility and the onus is on the player.

Peter Handscomb, who was the standout performer in the final two ODIs said that the series win means a lot ahead of the World Cup.