"Never underestimate the importance of MSD - experience in the middle order is so important", Clarke, a World Cup-winning captain, wrote on his twitter handle about the seasoned player who has also led his country to two World Cup triumphs.
A sorted India captain in Virat Kohli had laid emphasis on how India have almost found the best combination ahead of the showpiece event and also mentioned there is only spot left for discussion. "We are clear about our playing XI", Kohli said in the post-match conference.
Khawaja got the second hundred of his ODI career with a single off Kuldeep Yadav as he waved the bat to an applauding Australian dressing room.
Zampa's wonderful over just after the midway point proved crucial as two key India batsmen were removed, Rohit and Jadeja both stumped by Carey. He went past Kane Williamson's record of 361 runs, which he scored in 2014 in New Zealand. Moreover, he is at the second place in the list of Australian players scoring most runs in a five-match ODI series by amassing 383 runs in the recently-concluded series.
The Aussies kept losing wickets but Richardson played a useful cameo of 29 off 21 deliveries before being run out on the final ball of the 50th over. His most expensive bowling figures also came against Australia, in 2017 at Indore, when he conceded 75 runs and took two wickets. He achieved the feat in 200 innings.
Overall, Rohit has become the ninth Indian cricketer to join the elite club.
- The stand of 91 runs between Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the seventh wicket is the highest for India against Australia while chasing for the seventh or lower wicket in ODIs. Australia also broke the jinx and won the series after streak of six bilateral ODI series losses. 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".
"To get over the line in three of them was a great series all round". Virat Kohli had said that this is India's most likely playing XI for World Cup. From 2-0 down to win 3-2 is pretty special. The four instances are - South Africa against Pakistan in 2003, Bangladesh against Zimbabwe in 2005, Pakistan against India in 2005 and South Africa against England in 2016.