The simple tactic behind Australia's landmark ODI series win

The simple tactic behind Australia's landmark ODI series win

The simple tactic behind Australia's landmark ODI series win

With the conclusion of India vs Australia series, the focus for Indian players shifts to the shortest format with the IPL. They showed character and great fighting spirit.

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.

"To win this series, particularly after being 2-0 down, is a brilliant achievement ... it means a lot to us".

"To end a really, really, really tough summer against a very good Indian side and have won eight games, drawn one and one no result - it's a pretty good achievement".

Opener Usman Khawaja hit his second hundred in three matches to guide Australia to 272-9 from their 50 overs.

"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". Rohit Sharma's 53-run stand with skipper Virat Kohli (20) briefly calmed nerves in the Indian dressing room before their top-order caved in spectacularly.

"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". Australia will now play Pakistan in Dubai, whereas the Indian players will join their franchises ahead of the upcoming IPL season.

Coach Justin Langer said he was "incredibly proud" of a team who also swept the two-match Twenty20 series.

It was India's last match before the World Cup - which Australia won four years ago - begins in England in May. Pacemen Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson and Marcus Stoinis also claimed two each. 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. Usman Khawaja also has been fantastic, having not played much of white-ball cricket, in the last 12 months", Langer added.

Australia beat India by 35 runs in the fifth one-day global in Delhi to complete their comeback from 2-0 down and win the five-match series 3-2.

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