India v Australia: Alex Carey senses path-breaking ODI series win in New Delhi

Sudhir Gupta 16:54 12/03/2019
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Alex Carey (l).

The five-match ODI series between India and Australia is locked at 2-2 after the visitors made a resounding comeback in the series.

Ashton Turner smashed 84 off 43 balls to pull off a remarkable chase of 359 in the fourth ODI in Mohali. As the teams gear up for the fifth match in New Delhi on Wednesday, Australia vice-captain Alex Carey is confident of sealing a series win after winning four out of six games during their limited overs tour of India.

“We were put under pressure early in the series. It is obviously really exciting going into tomorrow with the series on the line,” Carey was quoted as saying by AFP on Tuesday.

“Obviously (we are taking) some momentum from the last game. The boys are feeling confident,” he said.

Australia swept the two-match Twenty20 series and have now posted two 300-plus scores in two games, which is a big boost in the lead-up to the World Cup.

Apart from Turner, captain Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb have contributed with the bat and Carey said it is difficult to pick a standout performer.

“I think if you look across the board everyone has performed at times. For Usman Khawaja, to back up his hundred with a score of 90 (91) was impressive to see,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said.

“I can go across the whole side and say that everyone’s improving.”

Carey said Australia’s recent performances raise hopes of an even better outcome once Steve Smith and David Warner join the side.

“Those are definitely some big names that might come back into the line. It’s only healthy for Australian cricket that the guys in the side are playing well and these guys that have done really well in the past have definitely put their hand up for selection when they are available,” said Carey.

“We are really confident moving with the squad we take whoever that is to the World Cup that is going to perform. We have obviously got tomorrow to focus on” he added.

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