Ending two-year winless run in ODIs ‘would mean a lot’ for Australia: Alex Carey
Australia are up 1-0 after beating India at the SCG. © AFP

Should Australia manage to beat India in the second ODI at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday, it would give them their first series triumph in two years. The last time an Australian team won an ODI series was in January 2017, when the visiting Pakistan side was hammered 4-1.

In 24 months since that success, Australia have lost 19 of 26 ODIs, of which three were no-results. They have fallen to sixth in the ICC ODI rankings, and victory in the second game against India would end a six-series losing streak in ODIs.

“It would mean a lot – it has been a while,'” Australia’s vice-captain Alex Carey told reporters on Monday. “As a cricket lover, I want to see Australia winning. And being a part of it, it means so much to us every game we play. So the series win would be a great result and a really big confidence booster.” (ALSO READ2nd ODI: Australia target improvements, India need a win)

For Carey, the target is not just beating India but defending the World Cup title in England this summer.

“To continue to get better every game is probably our biggest process at the moment leading into that World Cup,” he said. “Not thinking too far ahead, bringing it back to tomorrow night, but if we’re playing the cricket we know we’re good enough to play, the results will probably look after themselves.”