India vs Australia 2017: 5 things we learned from the series
After drubbing the West Indies and Sri Lanka both at their respective home venues, India had their first big test under new coach Ravi Shashtri when Australia came visiting. However, few would have expected it to be as one-sided as it eventually was.
The Australian side, like India, had some of its top names missing, and the Kangaroos ended up losing the five-match series 1-4.
For the Indians, there were plenty of positives from the series, especially the form of Ajinkya Rahane and the wrist spinners and the growth of Hardik Pandya. For the Australians, though, there was not much to take back home.
Here are five things that we learned from the series.
#5 Finch, Warner crucial to Australia's World Cup defence
Aaron Finch had been a mainstay in the Australian limited overs setup ever since making his debut four years ago. However, after a string of poor performances, he was dropped from the team towards the start of the year. In this series, though, he has proved his worth once again.
The Aussies, even if they say otherwise, did miss him in the first two matches. In his absence, even David Warner was struggling to get going; it is possible the burden of pressure at the top of the order was too much to handle alone.
From game three onwards, Australia still gave somewhat of a fight to the Indians and it was largely due to the Finch-Warner combination at the top. There is an undeniable chemistry between the two, one that is going to be crucial in Australia’s World Cup defence in 2019.