Five takeaways from the India-Australia ODI series

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Australia came from behind to record a 3-2 series win, an improbable result after the first two matches when they were down 0-2.

The importance of the five-match series against the world champions - India's last before this year's World Cup - was not lost on Kohli who wanted to assess the team's preparedness for the showpiece event in England and Wales. The southpaw was central to Australia's comeback in the series. He is now at the third place in the list of players scoring most centuries at home in worldwide cricket alongside Hashim Amla. Australia has just one other name in the list of top five run-scorers - Peter Handscomb, who made 236 runs at 47.2.

Cummins grabbed 14 wickets at 15.71 in the five matches and would have earned man-of-the-series honours if not for Usman Khawaja's efforts.

AFTER two years of chopping and changing, the Australian one-day team to defend the World Cup looks locked in.

"We want to make sure that they play only an optimal number of matches without affecting their fitness or form for the World Cup".

"Because we know the things that we were wanting to do in these last three games, purely because now it's only the World Cup after this".

"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". We have got to keep our heads down, keep working hard.

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"It always affects you as a player when you're having a bad trot, but the best leaders that I've ever seen have been the guys that haven't got too high when they've been going too well, and haven't got too low when they've been going poorly".

In the build-up to the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, India sought better results, especially in home conditions, but the series defeat may have shaken them up before a lengthy gap from global cricket during which members of the team will turn out for their franchises in the Indian Premier League beginning March 23. Ideally the combination for the World Cup squad in English conditions should be seven batsmen (including the wicketkeeper), three utility players (one of them a back up seam bowler), two spinners and three fast bowlers.

"I'm actually surprised that they aren't going to play the last couple of games in the UAE", he told the program.

The former India allrounder said he would watch every match closely while admitting that he is very concerned with the possibility of players' picking up injury. "Feeling good at the moment". To be honest I am enjoying the wins more.

But for all the teamwork involved if there was one man who should be singled out for special praise it has to be Khawaja. To be here in India and winning this series, it's massive.

The paceman played an unheralded role in Australia's record chase of 359 in the fourth ODI.

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