Australian captain Steven Smith has blamed poor fielding effort and their inability to finish the innings with the bat as the reasons for the defeat against India in the fifth One-Day International in Sydney.
A wonderful maiden hundred by Manish Pandey helped India become the first team to successfully chase down a 300-plus score in and against Australia while also halting their 19-match winning streak at home in the fifth One-Day International in Sydney ending the series 4-1 in favour of the home side.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann revealed that he did not think Australia will be able to win the fourth One-Day International against India in Canberra when the visitors were positioned at 277 for one.
In the span of two months, South Africa lost two things extremely valuable - their decade long invincibility in away tours and their coveted number one Test ranking. India ensured the first, England affected the second.
Kane Richardson produced one of the finest spell at death ending up with a five-wicket haul to snatch a 25-run victory for Australia after majestic centuries from Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan ended in vain for India in the fourth One-Day International in Canberra.
Former Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila has been banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India while Mumbai's Hiken Shah has been handed a five-year suspension for their involvement in the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal.
The Australian selectors have included off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the squad for the remaining two One-Day Internationals against India while the top performers in the Big Bash League have been rewarded with Twenty20 International spots.
The executive committee chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Najam Sethi stated that Pakistan will not tour India until the Board of Control for Cricket in India fulfills their contractual obligations.
Australia recorded the highest successful run-chase at The Gabba as they overhauled India's target of 309 to beat the visitors by seven wickets in the second One-Day International in Brisbane to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Farokh Engineer and Geoffrey Boycott both graced county and international cricket for a number of years, and although Engineer says Boycott was technically outstanding, he took great pleasure in getting the English batsman out.
A spectacular unbeaten hundred from Rohit Sharma ended up in a losing cause as Steven Smith and George Bailey struck splendid centuries for Australia, while chasing down a target of 310 runs to beat India by five wickets in the first One-Day International in Perth and claim a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Fast bowlers Scott Boland and Joel Paris will be making their One-Day International debuts for Australia in the first game of the five-match series against India which gets underway in Perth on Tuesday.