"It's huge. Just winning a series in India is huge".
Aaron Finch-led Australia will next travel to the United Arab Emirates for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan starting March 22. "And when you capitalize on probably every important moment that comes in the game as a side, it gets very hard to go past that side".
India captain Virat Kohli is too busy counting the gains for his team's World Cup campaign to mourn the setback in their dress rehearsal against Australia. Moreover, he is at the second place in the list of Australian players scoring most runs in a five-match ODI series by amassing 383 runs in the recently-concluded series.
Optimism, it seems, has replaced the despair of just a few months ago.
He expected every player travelling with the team to England to do well, and there are no excuses for their performances in the ODI series against Australia.
"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".
- This was India's first bilateral ODI series defeat at home since their loss to South Africa in 2015/16 season.
Usman Khawaja's century led the visitors after captain Aaron Finch won the toss and made a decision to bat, Australia scoring 272-9.
In reply, India lost Saturday centurion Shikhar Dhawan (12) to Pat Cummins (2-38) early on in their chase.
Ponting, who won two World Cups as captain, complimented Finch's tactical acumen and said, "Tactically what I've seen, he's looked sharp", he said. They showed character and great fighting spirit. I think everyone's gelled really well together.
"To win this series, particularly after being 2-0 down, is a brilliant achievement.it means a lot to us".
Khawaja, who smashed a century and claimed "player of the match" award, was praised by the ISPR chief who wrote: "Very well played yet again #UsmanKhawaja". With the likes of Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb showing good form and the impending return of David Warner and former skipper Steve Smith, Australian selectors will have a tough choice ahead of the tournament. It should be a much more pleasant get-together after the end of the ODI series losing streak. Man-of-the-series in a one-day series in India. We have to live up to the potential we have as a good side.