Crickdose: Three Things We Learned From Australia’s Clean Sweep of Pakistan

It was expected that Pakistan would dominate the Australians in the ODIs. After all, they were playing in the familiar conditions of the UAE. However, the Aussies managed to stun them and hammered them 5-0 in the ODI series. So here are the top three things that we learned from Australia’s 5-0 win over Pakistan:

1) Brilliant Khawaja

Usman Khawaja has been a decent player for Australia. Going in to 2019, he was not seen as a certainty in the side. However, he has had a fantastic year thus far. He is the leading scorer in the world in terms of ODI cricket. He proved his abilities against Pakistan as well, indicating how well he can bat.

2) Fantastic Finch

For most of the Aussie summer, Finch was struggling for form. There were even calls for him to be sacked as the ODI captain. His batting form was stunningly poor, and leading up to the last month of the summer, he had not scored a single century. But he has turned his form around in the last few matches. His centuries against Pakistan showed his true abilities and proved to the world how dangerous he is.

3) Marvellous Maxi

Glenn Maxwell has been inconsistent in recent years. At times, he has shown his abilities with the bat, but this has been quite rare. This inconsistency has seen him being dropped from the side on various occasions. However, in this series, he batted superbly well. He showed his true capabilities and proved that he could become a great ODI batsman.

To sum up, the Aussies have shown that they should not be written off before the World Cup. They have now won 8 ODIs on the trot and could prove to be unstoppable at the World Cup if they continue this form. It is also worth noting that Smith and Warner are still to come back in to the side and this will only make them stronger!

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