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Cricket news - Proud Finch toasts much-deserved series win

Australia bounced back from 0-2 to win the series 3-2.

Aaron Finch, Australia's captain, was understandably on cloud nine after leading his team to an emphatic 35-run victory over India in the fifth and final One Day International (ODI) at the Feroze Shah Kotla. The result meant that the visitors completed a remarkable 3-2 series win, after having lost the first two matches. It also ended Australia's losing sequence of six bilateral ODI series while India ate humble pie, having lost a series for the first time since 2015 and losing a home series to Australia for the first time since 2009.

Chasing 272, India were never in the hunt and capitulated for 237, as they finished their preparations for the upcoming 2019 World Cup on a losing note. While Virat Kohli, the Indian captain didn't offer any excuses, his opposite number was visibly delighted. Terming the series win as 'unbelievable', Finch said: "The resilience and fight that we showed being down 0-2 it would have been easy to roll over in those small moments in the game, just let them drift away and India win the series.

"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. From 2-0 down to win 3-2 is pretty special. I've been coming here for a while now trying to win and haven't, so have a lot of Australian players, so it's a special moment," the proud captain added.

Australia found several heroes right through the series - Usman Khawaja's consistent run at the top, the opening bursts from Pat Cummins and the incisive leg-spin of Adam Zampa - not to forget match-winning contributions from Peter Handscomb and Ashton Turner. With David Warner and Steve Smith all set to return, Finch believes that the presence of world-class quality will hold Australia in good stead - come the 2019 World Cup.

"People have written us off for quite a while now," Finch said. "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.

"It's about ourselves believing we're good enough and sticking to our game plan. We did that for four of the five games and India were too good in a close one in Nagpur. To get over the line in three of them was a great series all round."

What impressed the skipper further was the ability his batsmen showed and the game awareness to tackle challenging moments. "If you go in with all attacking players in these conditions you're going to struggle, because we know the wickets slow up and the quality of (spinners Yuzvendra) Chahal, Kuldeep (Yadav), (Ravindra) Jadeja these guys they're too good to just walk out and blast them out of the park," Finch said.

"You need good batsmanship on these wickets and guys who know how to play situations," Finch concluded.

Australia will further fine-tune their World Cup preparations with a five-match ODI series against Pakistan, beginning on March 22, at the Sharjah Cricket Association stadium.

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