How Langer inspired Aussies in ODI decider

Carrie Guzman
March 16, 2019

He also maintained that the team is committed to making the most of the World Cup as it comes every four years.

Despite missing banned batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia bounced back from a 0-2 deficit to clinch the series with a comfortable 35-run win in the final ODI in New Delhi on Wednesday.

It was also Khawaja's third worldwide 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.

Australia's 35-run win at the first-boisterous but later subdued Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi ended a two-year losing streak in one-day worldwide series. "They just showed more composure in a pressure situation", Virat said.

"To get over the line in three of them was a great series all round".

The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Stoinis and Ashton Turner all failed to deliver significant innings with the bat, but it mattered little as the bowlers turned on the style to seal Australia's first series win in India since 2009. Full stadiums. We just want to relive the big moments and do well in the World Cup.

"India got the better of us in Australia, although it was so tight, then we were able to get the better of India out here".

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

- This was India's first bilateral ODI series defeat at home since their loss to South Africa in 2015/16 season. Opener Usman Khawaja once again proved to be the vital member as he scored his second ODI century in the series and second overall.

They slipped from 175-1 to 182-4, before Jhye Richardson and Cummins helped them to a score of 279.

Khawaja said there was no "magic speech" from coach Justin Langer, or captain Aaron Finch, that encouraged the turnaround when Australia went 0-2 down.

"We know how hard it is to win in India", he said. The team is yet to announce their squad for the World Cup.

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.

A clearer picture will emerge after the ODI series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates later this month, but the manner of their victory against India makes Finch confident of their title defence at the World Cup.

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