No excuse, no panic - Kohli sees big picture in Australia loss

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Australia beat India by 35 runs in the fifth one-day worldwide in Delhi to complete their comeback from 2-0 down and win the five-match series 3-2. Australia won just two ODI matches past year, the fewest ODI victories since 1978 when it played only two one-day internationals.

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. "The resilience and the fight that we showed was incredible ..."

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

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.

It was a reborn Khawaja that forced India's hand on their own turf - even his dismissal in Delhi brought something out in India skipper Virat Kohli, who knew his side was under pressure. Opener Usman Khawaja once again proved to be the vital member as he scored his second ODI century in the series and second overall. India have been playing non-stop cricket since the fag end of the previous year when they toured Australia, New Zealand.

- Kuldeep Yadav conceded 74 runs while taking a wicket in the final ODI played at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground which is now his second-most expensive bowling figures in ODIs.

He expected every player travelling with the team to England to do well, and there are no excuses for their performances in the ODI series against Australia.

"To be here in India and winning this series, it's massive". Pacemen Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson and Marcus Stoinis also claimed two each. This was Australia's first ODI series win in India since 2009.

Team India is nearly ready to participate in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which is scheduled to begin on May 30 in England and Wales.

Not just as a reliable batsman and wicketkeeper, Dhoni's guidance in the field was also missed in the last two matches that India lost against Australia.

"Winning the T20 series was a huge achievement as well, because we know India have been the kings of white-ball cricket over the last little bit".

Aaron Finch-led Australia will next travel to the United Arab Emirates for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan starting March 22.

Despite being defending and five-time World Cup winners, the Australians finished their 2018 ODI matches with a loss in Hobart to South Africa, part of a 2-1 series defeat and their 13th ODI loss of the year.



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