Published: Sat, January 19, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Australia vs India 2018-19: Australia Make Two Changes for Series Decider

Australia vs India 2018-19: Australia Make Two Changes for Series Decider

At the same time it was a performance all the more remarkable for the fact that this was Chahal's first match of the tour; by virtue of his surprise, his performance mirrored that of Kuldeep Yadav against Australia in the decisive Test match of the 2017 Test series in India. Dhoni passed the ball to Bangar because late previous year when India toured England and after the ODI he had given the ball to the umpires, media felt that he is going to retire. The triumph came as a massive morale-booster after unsuccessful tours of South Africa and England previous year. "Because we brought in Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav, we didn't want Karthik to change his spot because he is doing a good job", Kohli reasoned when asked about the experimentation at No.4. The former skipper was perhaps the most scrutinised man in the series, not entirely without reason as he has been treading a lean patch.

It is Australia's seventh straight ODI series defeat, extending a two-year winless streak that has alarm bells ringing for the team's World Cup title defence.

"When he keeps bowling that well he will get rewarded eventually".

The home side failed to bat out their overs after being put in as leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (6-42) captured the best figures by any bowler in one-day cricket in Australia to restrict the total to 230 off 48.4 overs. "It is the ideal place for him and the team as well", Kohli said. How can you not take them to the World Cup? "We have been here for a long time", he said.

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Talking about captaincy, Kohli said he would only come across as good as his team is.

"Levelling the series was important, now both the teams are set up for the decider". We drew the T20 series, won the Test and the ODI series. "Glad to finish on this note", added the skipper. While India is yet to announce their 12-member squad for the upcoming game, Australia has declared their team.

"If you look at that last game, Rayudu at four, Dhoni at five and DK [Dinesh Karthik] at six. The ball was spinning a little bit, so I planned to bowl slow and vary my pace", said Chahal, named man-of-the-match.

"Players and support staff should have equal credit for the tour's success because they have worked 120 per cent on every day".

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