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Australia confident of stunning ODI series comeback
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Australia confident of stunning ODI series comeback

Australia wicketkeeper and vice-captain Alex Carey said Tuesday that his side is confident of sealing what would be a stunning ODI series victory in India after two wins on the trot.

Having been two down to the hosts, Australia bounced back to win the third and fourth ODIs to level the series, including with a record 359-run chase on Sunday.

"We were put under pressure early in the series. It is obviously really exciting going into tomorrow with the series on the line," Carey said on the eve of the fifth ODI in New Delhi.

"Obviously (we are taking) some momentum from the last game. The boys are feeling confident," he said.

If the visitors win, it would be the only Aussie team to win a five-match ODI series after losing the first two matches either at home or abroad.

Australia, who swept the two-match T20I series to kick off their tour of India, have posted two 300-plus scores in their last two outings.

Ashton Turner was an unlikely hero in the previous match in Mohali when he smashed an unbeaten 43-ball 84 to lead Australia's highest-ever ODI chase.

Finch, Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb have also all contributed, and Carey believes it would be hard to name a standout performer in the series.

"I think if you look across the board everyone has performed at times. For Usman Khawaja, to back up his hundred with a score of 90 (91) was impressive to see," the wicketkeeper-batsman said.

"...I can go across the whole side and say that everyone's improving."

Smith and Warner's return

Carey said Australia's recent performances only add to their team plans which will take better shape when names like Steve Smith and David Warner join the side after their suspension.

The 12-month bans handed down to Smith and Warner end on March 28 and the duo are expected to play in the IPL before the World Cup later this year.

"Those are definitely some big names that might come back into the line. It's only healthy for Australian cricket that the guys in the side are playing well and these guys that have done really well in the past have definitely put their hand up for selection when they are available," said Carey.

"We are really confident moving with the squad we take whoever that is to the World Cup that is going to perform. We have obviously got tomorrow to focus on" he added.