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Aussies left with ODI questions to answer

All focus now on the Ashes but there could be a shake-up of the 50-over team once the Test series is done


14 October 2017, 10:38 PM AEST

Australia's month in India ended with a few decent individual performances, after a deflating one-day international series defeat and a T20 series draw.

Following the 4-1 ODI series defeat, a wet outfield prevented a ball being bowled in the deciding T20 match and the series finished 1-1.

Aussies end India tour with damp squib

"I think a few guys got some good individual results and a few of us have to look back and reflect on what we can do better next time we come to these conditions," vice-captain David Warner said.

"In a nutshell, I think it was a disappointing tour and there's a lot to learn – especially in the one-day format."

Warner and opening partner Aaron Finch were the only players to get tons, while allrounder Marcus Stoinis was the other batsman with a pass mark.

A series average of 28.4 was below Steve Smith's high expectations and his tour ended in disappointment, ruled out of the T20 series with a shoulder injury.

Travis Head couldn't find traction at No. 4, while Glenn Maxwell looked desperately out of form by the end of the tour.

Back in Australia, James Pattinson's recurring back injury dashed his Ashes dream.

Nathan Coulter-Nile took a series-high 13 wickets in the ODIs after more than a year out of international cricket.

He wasn't the only fast bowler to put injury woes behind him, with Jason Behrendorff making his long-awaited debut in the T20s.

Behrendorff blitz leaves India reeling

The 27-year-old paceman made the hosts pay in game two with a match-winning 4-21.

"They've warranted their position in the team and they delivered. I couldn't be any more proud of both of them," Warner said.

"Dorff has overcome some injuries and to deliver on the big stage in front of millions of people over here, I was really happy for him with the way he approached it.

"Coults obviously through the one-day games, doing what he does best in these conditions that he's familiar with was awesome."

While Australia's injury-prone fast bowling stocks look to have depth ahead of summer, the batsmen will need to arrest the tendency for collapse in all formats before the home summer against England.

Qantas Tour of India at a glance

India won ODI series 4-1

Chennai – India by 26 runs (Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method)

Kolkata – India by 50 runs

Indore – India by five wickets with 13 balls remaining

Bangalore – Australia by 21 runs

Nagpur – India by seven wickets with 43 balls remaining

T20 series drawn 1-1

Ranchi – India by nine wickets with three balls remaining

Guwahati – Australia by eight wickets with 27 balls remaining

Hyderabad – abandoned due to wet outfield

Star performers

Aaron Finch After recovering from a calf injury which kept him out of the first two matches, Finch smashed 250 runs in the remaining three ODIs including 124 in Indore. Australia's best batsman of the tour

Nathan Coulter-Nile Brilliant return to international cricket after more than a year out with injury. Leading wicket-taker in the ODI series with 13. Pushed himself into contention for an Ashes Test debut this summer

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Pat Cummins Deserved more than four wickets from his five ODIs. Bowled with accuracy and pace on unfavourable surfaces, whetting the appetite for the Ashes

Under pressure

Glenn Maxwell Entered the tour as the Australian Test No.6 and heads home looking desperately out of form after being dropped during the ODIs. Was out to legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal in all four innings

Matthew Wade Made 39 runs in four innings. Despite being recalled, his mid-series axing will fuel speculation he could miss out on the first Test against England

Adam Zampa Restored some pride in the second T20 by claiming 2-19 off four overs. Was smashed in the first ODI by Hardik Pandya and was dropped, before an injury to Ashton Agar gave him a reprieve