We could use a catchy phrase to describe the miracle in India that saw Australian cricket rise up and snatch the ODI series from India, but Miracle in India suggests that Australia had no chance going in.
Business as Usual in India is not quite the right idea, either, as the recent past suggests that Australia has been chugging along all along, which is definitely not the case, and has not been since a certain incident in South Africa just about a year ago permanently erased anything that could be considered as the status quo.
The Baggy Green came back from a 2 – 0 deficit to win 3 – 2, a semi-unprecedented accomplishment, as it has happened only once before.
It would now appear as though Australia’s chances of defending the 2015 World Cup title in England and Wales is worth optimistic thought.
The more pressing issue following the victory on the subcontinent is over who gets dropped to make way for Steve Smith and David Warner.
It would have been a much simpler proposition if it had been a Indian whitewash, which appeared to be a very real proposition when Australia went down 2 – 0 in the series, but now, the issue is murky.
There is another ODI series to be played with Pakistan later in the month, but it seems cruel in a sense to think of Usman Khawaja or Aaron Finch to be left off, although the two’s struggles are well-documented.
Especially with Khawaja, who has two centuries and two fifties from his past five ODIs.
Finch was one of the worst of the Aussie batters in the series with India, but he did produce 157 runs at 31.40, which are not the sort of figures that scream for replacement.
He had a 93 in the third ODI, which mounts a strong argument for retaining him, but two ducks in the series supplies an equally strong case for dropping him.
If we had to speculate, it would have to be Shaun Marsh for one and possibly rookie Ashton Turner, who heroics in the epic chase in the fourth ODI might not save him after the glow diminishes.
Marsh was dropped from the decider, who only passed 10 once in three of his innings.
We are glad not to be wearing or walking in the shoes of Justin Langer and the selectors.