Men's ODI World Cup 2019

Cummins on target as World Cup spearhead

Aussie quick proves his class and quality by dominating with white ball in India to establish himself among the elite in all three formats

Sam Ferris at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

14 March 2019, 11:54 AM AEST

Aussies seal historic ODI series triumph

Uncertain of his white-ball form upon arriving in India, Pat Cummins warmed up for the World Cup by producing his best ODI series.

Cummins grabbed 14 wickets at 15.71 in the five matches and would have earned player-of-the-series honours if not for Usman Khawaja's efforts.

In-form Khawaja hammers another ton

No Australian bowler has enjoyed such a productive five-match series in India.

"I've played a little bit of one-day cricket before but it felt like I hadn't really clicked in this format," Cummins said after Australia completed a 3-2 series win.

"It felt like I bowled well in the Australian summer, so glad it keeps on clicking. Hopefully it continues for the World Cup."

Cummins was part of Australia's triumphant 2015 World Cup squad but only played two games during that tournament.

The 25-year-old is now on track to spearhead Australia's World Cup campaign that starts in England on June 1, especially with questions remaining over Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood's availability because of injuries.

Cummins proved a nightmare for India's openers during the series, regularly striking with the new ball.

Dhawan dashes, Cummins collects

Much of the focus has been on who will drop out of the current squad to accommodate Steve Smith and David Warner's returns but competition for spots is also fierce among the bowlers.

"I wouldn't want to be a selector. It's going to be a tough job, whittling it down to 15," Cummins said.

"There's obviously a few guys to come back as well.

New heroes stand up for Australia

"The batsmen, the way they played the spinners and the quicks in India – it was incredible. To get those kind of scores on these kind of wickets, they made it look a lot easier to bat on than it was."

The paceman played an unheralded role in Australia's record chase of 359 in the fourth ODI.

If not for Cummins' maiden five-wicket haul in the format then almost certainly would have been chasing an even more imposing total.

Qantas Tour of India

First T20: Australia won by three wickets

Second T20: Australia won by seven wickets

First ODI: India won by six wickets

Second ODI: India won by eight runs

Third ODI: Australia won by 32 runs

Fourth ODI: Australia win by four wickets

Fifth ODI: Australia win by 35 runs