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.
Fox Cricket commentator Mark Waugh has been left dumbfounded after Australian selectors overlooked banned duo Steve Smith and David Warner for the final two ODI matches in the UAE.
Having been 2-0 up, India were stung hard by Australia who came storming back to clinch the five-match series 3-2.
The fight Langer has promised was on full show on Wednesday. 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. "I will be watching every game closely", Ravi Shastri told The Times of India.More news: Kings rookie Marvin Bagley III to return vs. Celtics
By the end of the series it can be said that a couple of these fringe players nearly made certain that they would make the cut for the World Cup while a couple of them hardly did anything to further their claims. Despite the series loss, the India skipper is confident about the team's combination heading into the global showpiece.
Khawaja, man of the series in India, scored twin centuries, Hanscomb got one too, and is averaging almost 50 since he was reinserted in to the Aussie middle order.
Since Australia's previous one-day series victory, against Pakistan in January 2017, the team has been in a state of flux. He is now at the third place in the list of players scoring most centuries at home in global cricket alongside Hashim Amla. "For us now it's not to look too far ahead, we want to enjoy this win first".
Adam Zampa took three wickets to lead Australia's bowling at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla ground. Pacemen Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson and Marcus Stoinis also claimed two each.More news: Johnny Manziel signs player agreement with Alliance of American Football
RICKY Ponting has backed under-performing opener Aaron Finch to lead Australia in the World Cup, making the surprising claim his form slump may actually have arrived at the ideal time. Shikhar Dhawan, who returned to form with a fabulous 143 at Mohali is the only other centurion for India while Peter Handscomb, who made his maiden ODI hundred in the same match is Australia's only other presence in the list. I think everyone's gelled really well together.
Someone has to way for Smith and Warner but the recent performances of Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb have lessened the demand for them to play in Australia's opening World Cup clash against Afghanistan.
The year bans passed on to Smith and Warner by Cricket Australia for their job in the Cape Town ball-altering occurrence end on March 28 and the pair are relied upon to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) before the World Cup beginning May 30.More news: Paris Jackson is 'Doing Fine' After Recent Hospitalization