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

Australian players celebrate the dismissal of India's Rohit Sharma during the final one day international cricket match between India and Australia in New Delhi India Wednesday March 13

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

Australia's 35-run win at the first-boisterous but later subdued Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi ended a two-year losing streak in one-day global series. They are a very young side, very inexperienced side but they showed more heart and more confidence in pressure situations.

With Australia's defense of its World Cup title just two months away, the series win couldn't have come at a better time. "And when you capitalize on probably every important moment that comes in the game as a side, it gets very hard to go past that side".

"We always knew that the plans and the style that we wanted to play are all there, can win us the World Cup, win us big series against great teams and India are definitely a great team".

Australia won the fifth and final ODI by 35 runs in Delhi. A couple of spots are still up for grabs and even those are expected to be filled after the ongoing ODI series against Australia. It was India which started Australia's losing streak two years ago, beating them 2-1 in India.

Opener Usman Khawaja's second century of the series guided Australia to 272 for nine on Wednesday, a total their bowlers defended by dismissing India for 237.

Having now created a headache for selectors, with Australia's World Cup squad needing to be confirmed by April 23 - and with the returns of Steve Smith and David Warner looming - Khawaja has done what he can to book his ticket to England.

Ponting, who won two World Cups as captain, complimented Finch's tactical acumen and said, "Tactically what I've seen, he's looked sharp", he said.

Now it's off to the U.A.E. and the first ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah on March 22.

Asked if the current team members are aware about the competition for slots, Khawaja said, "I don't think anybody is really thinking about that".

Khawaja's red hot form, coupled with Finch's inconsistency, will present a selection headache for Australia, who will have to make a call on who should partner Warner at the top of the batting order in World Cup.

Aaron Finch, who led Australia to a remarkable series win against India, had an indifferent series with the bat.

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.

India's Rohit Sharma is stumped out after he lost grip of his bat while playing a shot during the final one day worldwide cricket match between India and Australia in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

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