Australia hoping for a back to back World cup win

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

The left-handed opener was one of the main architects of Australia's 3-2 series win over India after going down 0-2.

If one were to measure up India's past record in England in recent years, their runners-up finish at the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy was a virtually ideal run for Virat Kohli's men until it all unraveled itself in the final against Pakistan.

Australian cricketers poses with the winning trophy after winning the fifth one-day worldwide against India at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. "It's a tough place to come and play cricket, against a very good side", Khawaja said. "We just have to take better decisions in pressure situations to go far in the World Cup".

This year's ESPN World Fame 100 list, an annual list of the most famous athletes on the planet, placed the Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo at the top spot, followed by former Basketball player Lebron James and FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi. Playing one-day cricket in India is always tough.

If Finch can rediscover some semblance of form in the upcoming five-match series in the UAE against Pakistan - Australia's last competitive hitout before the World Cup - he will take a great deal of confidence to England knowing his batting can back up what Ponting says is an impressive tactical nous. It also raises many questions before they start their World Cup campaign.

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"That's why I've been so pleased with this group of players, it's been about "we" - we've talked about "we".

"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".

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach Simon Katich believes that winning the just concluded One-Day International (ODI) series in India will give the Australian players a lot of confidence going into the World Cup later this year. Even by their overall awesome record - epitomized by five World Cup triumphs - the latest win has to be something very special. 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 think Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins are shaping an incredible organization, they can likewise contribute with the bat". To be honest I am enjoying the wins more.

Pat Cummins now holds the record of taking the joint most wickets for Australia against India in a bilateral ODI series. During last year's IPL, India skipper Virat Kohli had to pull out off his stint with county outfit Surrey after he sustained the injury while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. To be here in India and winning this series, it's massive.

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