• For Australia- a country that dominated One-Day Internationals like no other team in the world, the last couple of years have been nothing short of a nightmare. The record five-time World Champions are the reigning World Cup holders but have done very little to justify their tag.

    They have not won a single game in their last two away One-Day Internationals series and are headed in the same direction in the ongoing series against India too. Last year, they suffered their first whitewash in a five-match series before New Zealand defeated them 2-0 earlier this year. Steve Smith & Co. are currently trailing the five-match series 3-0 and the way they have performed in the series; it will not be surprising if they go on to lose the remaining two games too.

    After two batting failures, Australia showed a significant improvement in the third ODI with comeback man Aaron Finch’s century set the tone for a good start. However, the middle-order once again faltered, and the visitors could manage only 293 for six from 224 for two after 38 overs. India went on to chase down the total with considerable ease in the end to seal the series.

    Speaking after him century went in vain, Finch admitted that he is going through the toughest time with the national team since making his debut.

    “Whenever you’re losing, it’s never easy,” he said. “Winning away from home is what every side strives to achieve and I think whenever you start losing, you can lose a little bit of confidence in yourself and in the way you’re playing.

    “The couple of away series that we’ve played, in South Africa and India, we’ve lost the series against some quality sides. You have to play well but I think you also have to go in with the right attitude and make sure that when you do get an opportunity to win a game, you don’t let that slip. We’ve been in a couple of good positions in the first few games and as soon as you give India a sniff, they’ll beat you nine times out of 10,” he added.

    Finch further insisted that the opposition needs to be at their best to beat India in subcontinental conditions and also admitted that there is a quality difference between world number one India and Australia at the moment.

    “You have to play 100 per cent to beat (India) in these conditions,” Finch said. “If you play 90 per cent, it’s not good enough here.

    “It’s how we’ve played for the past four or five years in our conditions. Teams have to be at their absolute best to beat us. There’s obviously a gap between the sides at the moment and they’re proving that. They’re 3-0 up, they’re the No.1 side in the world and there’s just a few things we need to tinker with as players to bridge that gap and get the results going our way,” he added.

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