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India vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

India vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

"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", Ponting explained. He spoke to the team in the dressing room after the conclusion of the Australia series and told them that the next two months in the IPL they should go easy and enjoy the game.

From having zero ODI hundreds prior to this tour to peeling off almost three in three innings, Khawaja has struck such rich form that Shaun Marsh, Australia's best ODI batsman in the past year, can't find a place in the XI. Finch, who led Australia to a remarkable series win against India, had an indifferent series with the bat.

Performing away from home is a great sign of player confidence, whether that be on green monsters or subcontinent Bunsen burners - and Khawaja took great credence in his good form.

"India got the better of us in Australia, although it was so tight, then we were able to get the better of India out here".

"We were getting closer and closer. we were moving in the right direction", he said.

"We know how hard it is to win in India", he said. However, Rohit ultimately perished for 56 off 89 deliveries, which failed to prevent a defeat for the hosts who were defeated by 35 runs in the fifth ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

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

"But the fight that we showed, we've had our backs against the walls for quite a while now so I'm really proud of the group. It's nice to get runs, but it always hurts when you don't win, and it feels so much better when you do", he said.

Their collapse from 2-0 up to a 3-2 defeat earned his side some harsh criticism in the media yesterday, with a Times of India headline declaring "The Bubble Bursts", while the Indian Express said "India lose grip, match, series".

"Although he's recently gone through a real tough time, if he can get through the other side of that before the World Cup, it could be - as hard as it sounds on him - it nearly could be ideal timing", the 44-year-old added. Man-of-the-series in a one-day series in India.

Ricky Ponting has backed Aaron Finch to lead the Australian defence at this year's World Cup in England and Wales.

"It's huge. Just winning a series in India is huge. I am not looking too far ahead", he said.