Australia now eye World Cup crown

Australia's cricketer Usman Khawaja celebrates after achieving his century during the fifth one-day international cricket match between India and Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi

Usman Khawaja scored 383 runs in the ODI series against India including two centuries. AFP

This was the first time Australia overcame a 0-2 deficit to win a five-match series, and they did it without their frontline pace pair of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. This is just the fifth instance of a team coming from 0-2 behind to record a series win in a series of five or more matches.

Although the former captains will be eligible for selection once their bans expire on March 28, they won't make their worldwide comebacks until at least the Cricket World Cup.

"But they're not going to be playing there, they're just mixing with the squad and then going to the IPL. We are clear about our playing XI", Kohli said at the post-match press conference.

"We've given the responsibility to the player to be smart, to inform the management of the franchise and be in touch with Patrick (Farhart), our physio".

"Aaron Finch remains under pressure but he's doing such a lovely job as captain uniting a team of so many fractured parts, that it would be folly to get rid of him at this stage", Craddock told Fox Sports News.

"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".

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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.

What would have pleased everyone associated with Australian cricket was the fact that it was achieved by a team not at full strength. Moreover, no player has now hit more sixes in ODI cricket for India than him.

"Last three games, the idea was to give fringe guys some (game) time and see how they react. But we used these three games to give game time to guys who we think are good enough to perform at this level", he added. "Everyone was working really hard, having a lot of fun outside of it and during training and everything that goes with it. Nobody is really looking too far ahead". "Feeling good at the moment". Overall, Australia deserved to win, they played with more passion, hunger and heart. It's nice to get runs but it always hurts when you don't win", he said."From a personal point of view it's huge.

The fulcrum of that group hasn't changed all that much over the last two years, but the replacements that have stepped in for those who played on that occasion have had a few question marks over themselves in the run-up to the limited-overs showpiece event. Shikhar Dhawan, who returned to form with a fabulous 143 at Mohali is the only other centurion for India while Peter Handscomb, who made his maiden ODI hundred in the same match is Australia's only other presence in the list.

Khawaja, man of the series in India, scored twin centuries, Hanscomb got one too, and is averaging almost 50 since he was reinserted in to the Aussie middle order.

It was Australia's first ODI series win in India since 2009, when a Ricky Ponting-led side won a seven-match series 4-2, and follows humbling home Test and ODI series defeats against the same opposition.

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