It looked like India had found a swashbuckling, free-hitting opener who could set-up and win games in foreign conditions in Shikhar Dhawan. That now seems like a lifetime ago.
Live updates of the fourth ODI between Australia and England at Hobart.
All-rounder Moises Henriques was Thursday drafted into the Australian squad in place of fellow all-rounder Shane Watson for the tri-Series match against England in Hobart Friday.
Its three key players, including skipper George Bailey, would be missing in action but the Australian cricket team would look to seal a place in the ODI tri-series final when it clashes with a confident England, here tomorrow.
It's often said a captain is only as good as his team but somehow Dhoni needs to find a way to make his team as good as him in ODIs at least.
The criticism they are facing notwithstanding, Australia's wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin said his team is quite comfortable playing a hard-nosed brand of cricket and would not be affected by the furore caused by David Warner's latest code-of-conduct offence.
England thrashed India by nine wickets with more than 22 overs to spare on Tuesday to record their first win in the tri-series tournament in Australia and boost their confidence ahead of next month's World Cup.
Relieved to be in good ODI form ahead of next month's World Cup, Indian batsman Suresh Raina said he would have been left devastated after his dismal failure in the cricket Test series against Australia had his side failed to draw the last two matches.
Slamming Australian opener David Warner for his "thuggish" behaviour in recent times, former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has said that it's time cricket takes a cue from football and introduces yellow and red cards for on-field misconduct.
"When I went over to say something to him, he sort of said something in their language and I said 'speak English' because, if you're going to say something for me to understand, theoretically I cannot speak Hindi," Warner said.
Australia will miss George Bailey in the next tri-series match against England as the skipper was today handed a one-match suspension for maintaining slow over-rate during Sunday four-wicket win over India.
Jolted by the opening loss to Australia, India would look to plug the bowling loopholes and ensure a stronger batting display when they take on England in their second ODI tri-series cricket match here tomorrow.
Australian opener David Warner has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for a verbal spat with Indian batsman Rohit Sharma during an ODI tri-series cricket match here but defended himself by insisting that he was merely asking his rival to "speak English".
The 27-year-old contributed more than half of India's imposing total of 267 for eight with only Suresh Raina scoring at least 20 on a good batting pitch.
Fletcher pointed out Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav had performed as well as, if not better than, some of their Australian counterparts.
With the World Cup in the back of their minds, favourites Australia and England will lock horns in the opening match of the ODI cricket tri-series.
With the India-Australia-England tri-series starting tomorrow, it is time to put aside Virat Kohli’s brave new world and turn our attention back to MS Dhoni’s brave old world.
Anderson was put through a full practice session on Thursday with Morgan saying "we'll see how he pulls up tomorrow morning".
Dhoni, who had shocked the world with his sudden retirement from the longer version of the game after the drawn third Test at the MCG, is back at the helm of the ODI team.
orld Cup big guns Australia, England and India get their final preparations for next month's tournament under way when the one-day international tri-series begins in Sydney on Friday.