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Australia's 2-year ODI losing streak ends in New Delhi

Australia's 2-year ODI losing streak ends in New Delhi

Australia lost the opening two games, but Wednesday's triumph rounded off a stunning turnaround and ensured they won a bilateral ODI series of at least five matches from 2-0 down for the first time.

"Not to say we won't be committed to the IPL, but we've got to be smart".

Australian players celebrate the dismissal of India's Rohit Sharma during the final one day global cricket match between India and Australia in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Two of Australia's star players - ex-captain Steve Smith and opener David Warner - are expected to return to the squad for the World Cup after serving 12-month suspensions for their part in a ball-tampering scandal during a test match in Cape Town, South Africa in March 2018. "India had the better of us in Australia and we were able to have the better of them here", Langer said at the end of fifth ODI.

In Dubai, Australian media has reported, Smith and Warner will have a "reintegration meeting" with players and staff in an early attempt to clear the air over the ball-tampering scandal.

"Australia played with more passion, hunger and heart and they deserved to win", Kohli said in the post-match press conference.

With India racing to a 2-0 lead, a seventh consecutive series defeat loomed over Australia who pulled off a remarkable comeback by winning three matches in a row for a morale-lifting 3-2 series victory.

Usman Khawaja hit a second ODI century of the tour of India
Usman Khawaja hit a second ODI century of the tour of India

Performing away from home is a great sign of player confidence, whether that be on green monsters or subcontinent Bunsen burners - and Khawaja took great credence in his good form.

"We did that for four of the five games and.to get over the line in three of them was a great series all round".

"But I'm also pretty aware that he will know that he's got all of his mates behind him, wanting him to do really well and wanting him to start making big runs again at the top of the order", he concluded. "Pete has batted beautifully, Maxi has always looked like he's going to get a lot of runs and been free-flowing".

"From a personal point of view it's huge".

India's Rohit Sharma is stumped out after he lost grip of his bat while playing a shot during the final one day global cricket match between India and Australia in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

"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 flawless timing", the 44-year-old added. To be here in India and winning this series, it's massive. "Nobody is really looking too far ahead". To be honest I am enjoying the wins more.

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