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

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A couple of spots are still up for grabs and even those are expected to be filled after the ongoing ODI series against Australia.

"Man of the series in a one-day tournament in India, I wasn't even in the one-day side this time a year ago", he told reporters after the match.

Marcus Stoinis, returning from a thumb injury, and Ashton Turner, another hero from Australia's thrilling fourth ODI win, both contributed 20, and Jhye Richardson added a breezy 29 down the order, but wickets continued to tumble and a score of 272 was ultimately all the tourists could muster.

Shankar has come a long way since his disastrous debut in the Nidahas T20 tri-series and could be a solid all-round option going forward for India if he continues to develop. The captain needs him by his side, he is visibly rough without him.

After Australia's fantastic series win against India, cricket pundits are urging selectors to keep the Australian team intact for the World Cup. With the IPL coming up, there is concern among many that players may injure themselves before the Cup. In between, they won six bilateral ODI series at home.

Rather, Khawaja said there was a very "good vibe" in the set-up - despite Australia's losses in the first two games - and with the Ranchi win in tow, momentum took control from there.

"He was rewarded for it and he's paying us back in spades", Langer said.

India surrendered a 2-0 lead in the recently concluded 5-match series as the Australians made a superb recovery by winning three consecutive matches to claim the series.

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

"It's why you put in the hard work".

"It's nice when you get rewarded; you can tick all the right boxes off the field, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the results are gonna go your way".

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.

Thus, it is hardly surprising that the team is yet to zero in on anyone at number 4 and a lot of the blame has to be shouldered by the team management.

Regardless, being a key player behind Australia's renewed optimism in ODI cricket is something the elegant left-hander will hold close as he and side travel to the UAE to take on Pakistan. Oftentimes, Rohit has got off to a good start and even scored half-centuries but failed to carry on to see his team through to victory, especially in run chases.

India played 11 matches in Australia earlier this summer, squaring off in three Twenty20s, four Tests and three one-dayers.

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