No World Cup panic for Kohli despite Aussie drubbing

No World Cup panic for Kohli despite Aussie drubbing

Buoyed by their come-from-behind one-day series triumph in India, skipper Aaron Finch believes resurgent Australia have the blueprint in place to win the upcoming World Cup.

Clarke tweeted after the Australian team beat fancied India in the fifth and final ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla for a stunning come-from-behind 3-2 series win here Wednesday.

India crashed to 132-6 in response and were bowled out for 237, marking the first time Australia have battled back from 2-0 down to win a five-match bilateral ODI series.

Kohli's star-studded outfit had been widely expected to be England's greatest threat at this year's World Cup but Australia's batsmen and bowlers have both stepped up on the current tour. Khawaja has batted extremely well throughout the series, it means a lot to come to India and win a series. That means we will have to be very wary of the bad habits that might creep in during the IPL", Kohli had said, before warning:"That (not picking up bad habit) will take a consistent effort from all the players during the IPL to keep a check on that.

"But the fight that we showed, we've had our backs against the wall for quite a while now so I'm really proud of the group".

No World Cup panic for Kohli despite Aussie drubbing

The left-handed batsman accumulated 383 runs in the five ODI games to top the series run chart ahead of India skipper Virat Kohli. "Being down 2-0 it would have been easy to roll over". "Because we know the things that we were wanting to do in these last three games, but purely because now it's only the World Cup after this in the one-day competition".

Khawaja scored 100 in a total of 9-272. He also said nobody in the dressing room was "panicking" after losing an ODI series at home just before the World Cup, as they were "pretty clear" about the XI for the world tournament. But Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar put up a good stand to keep the host floating. "It has been an unbelievable ride since India arrived in Australia", Langer said.

They slipped from 175-1 to 182-4, before Jhye Richardson and Cummins helped them to a score of 279. "Usman Khawaja also has been fantastic, having not played much of white-ball cricket, in the last 12 months".

But the victory has greater significance as Australia claimed a stunning come-from-behind series win for a huge confidence boost ahead of the World Cup - nearly exactly a year after a ball-tampering scandal rocked the sport and led to the suspensions of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

As Australia get set to welcome back banned duo Steve Smith and David Warner into their ODI calculations, their victory inspired by opener Usman Khawaja, speedster Pat Cummins and legspinner Adam Zampa was a telling statement.

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