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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Khawaja continues fine ODI batting form


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Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has continued his fine form with the bat in the one-day international series against India, scoring a half century in the fifth ODI in Delhi.

Khawaja opened the batting with captain Aaron Finch after the Aussies won the toss and elected to bat. Finch was bowled by a cracking Ravindra Jadeja delivery just a few overs before Khawaja's 50.

Australia recalled Nathan Lyon and Marcus Stoinis at the expense of Jason Behrendorff and Shaun Marsh for their ODI series decider against India.

Stoinis broke his thumb while fielding during the third ODI.

The allrounder missed the fourth ODI, prompting selectors to call up Ashton Turner, but has since proved his fitness.

Usman Khawaja

Turner demanded selection after his unbeaten 84, which completed a record chase of 359, so Marsh was the batsman to miss out.

Marsh is the only batsman in the current squad yet to produce a score of substance on tour but the veteran started the trip as one of the first picked in Australia's XI, having produced four centuries from his past nine ODIs.

India opted to beef up their bowling stocks, calling up spin-bowling allrounder Ravindra Jadeja and paceman Mohammed Shami at the expense of batsman KL Rahul and tweaker Yuzvendra Chahal.

Finch's side have a chance to snare the nation's first ODI series win in India since 2009.

Australia have never fought back from 2-0 down and won a five-match bilateral ODI series.

- with AAP

Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has continued his fine form with the bat in the one-day international series against India, scoring a half century in the fifth ODI in Delhi.

Khawaja opened the batting with captain Aaron Finch after the Aussies won the toss and elected to bat. Finch was bowled by a cracking Ravindra Jadeja delivery just a few overs before Khawaja's 50.

Australia recalled Nathan Lyon and Marcus Stoinis at the expense of Jason Behrendorff and Shaun Marsh for their ODI series decider against India.

Stoinis broke his thumb while fielding during the third ODI.

The allrounder missed the fourth ODI, prompting selectors to call up Ashton Turner, but has since proved his fitness.

Usman Khawaja

Turner demanded selection after his unbeaten 84, which completed a record chase of 359, so Marsh was the batsman to miss out.

Marsh is the only batsman in the current squad yet to produce a score of substance on tour but the veteran started the trip as one of the first picked in Australia's XI, having produced four centuries from his past nine ODIs.

India opted to beef up their bowling stocks, calling up spin-bowling allrounder Ravindra Jadeja and paceman Mohammed Shami at the expense of batsman KL Rahul and tweaker Yuzvendra Chahal.

Finch's side have a chance to snare the nation's first ODI series win in India since 2009.

Australia have never fought back from 2-0 down and won a five-match bilateral ODI series.

- with AAP

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