"People have written us off for quite a while now", said Finch. "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".
Australia were 2-0 down in the five-match ODI series after which they came back into the game and snatched the series from India's mouth to win it by 3-2. Former Australian World Cup victor Allan Border says, "There may no longer be room left in Australia's ODI XI for Steve Smith and David Warner after the team claimed its "best ever" series win in the format". Those small moments in the game, to just let them drift away and India win the series.
"Because we know the things that we were wanting to do in these last three games, purely because now it's only the World Cup after this".
Opener Usman Khawaja's second century of the series guided Australia to 272 for nine on Wednesday, a total their bowlers defended by dismissing India for 237.
Virat Kohli, (losing captain): Yeah we thought it was a gettable target.
With the 50-over World Cup coming up in a a couple of months, Katich asserted that the Australians will have plenty of options whey they get down to the task of selecting the squad for the marquee tournament.
Khawaja, who was named man of the series, said it was a sweet revenge after the home ODIs defeat to India early this year.
Speaking to PTI Bishan Singh Bedi said that Dhoni's absence was felt in the fourth match between India and Australia. After winning the toss Australian skipper Aaron Finch chose to bat first.
"We know how hard it is to win in India", he said.
It was also a chance for Ravindra Jadeja to prove his all-round mettle but while the southpaw was decent with the ball, he barely contributed with the bat in his four appearances. "Usman Khawaja also has been fantastic, having not played much of white-ball cricket, in the last 12 months". Australia will now play Pakistan in Dubai, whereas the Indian players will join their franchises ahead of the upcoming IPL season.
The importance of the five-match series against the world champions - India's last before this year's World Cup - was not lost on Kohli who wanted to assess the team's preparedness for the showpiece event in England and Wales.
Despite being defending and five-time World Cup winners, the Australians finished their 2018 ODI matches with a loss in Hobart to South Africa, part of a 2-1 series defeat and their 13th ODI loss of the year.