Justin Langer credited the Australian players for the team’s success in India. @Twitter/Cricket Australia

After Australia won their first ODI series since 2017, beating India in the fifth and final ODI in New Delhi on Wednesday to clinch the series 3-2, coach Justin Langer credited his players for the success. (India vs Australia, 5th ODI: SCORECARD)

India, needing 273 runs to win, were all out for 237 as the Aaron Finch-led side beat the Virat Kohli and co. by 35 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

“All the credit to the players. We just make them prepare for the game but they have to go out there and performance in crunch situations. Incredibly proud of the boys,” said Langer.

The coach also went on to say that it will be tough for the selectors to pick the 15-man squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. With David Warner and Steve Smith will soon to be available for the selection as their suspension following the ball-tampering saga are about to get over before March 2019 comes to an end. (ALSO READ: Steve Smith, David Warner set to be part Australia team for Pakistan ODIs)

Langer also spoke about how the things have changed since the time India beat Australia in Australia before Australia returned the favour during the two-match T20I series and five-match ODI series in India.

“(I am) Incredibly proud of the boys. It is going to be tough to pick the World Cup squad,” Langer said before adding, “It has been an unbelievable tide since India arrived in Australia. I have never seen a player like Kohli. They showed character and great fighting spirit. India had the better of us in Australia and we were able to have the better of them here.”

Langer lauded the trio of Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson and Usman Khawaja for the way they performed in this series. While Khawaja scored 383 runs, Cummins (14 wickets) was the leading wicket-taker in the ODI series. Richardson, meanwhile, did well in whatever opportunities he was given, including his two wickets and a crucial 34-run partnership in the closing stages of the Australian innings. (ALSO READ: Partnership between Richardson and Cummins was really good: Usman Khawaja)

“I think Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins are forming a great partnership, they can also contribute with the bat. Usman Khawaja also has been fantastic, having not played much of white-ball cricket, in the last 12 months. So credit to him,” concluded Langer.

Australia will now head to the United Arab Emirates to play five ODIs against Pakistan, which happens to be their last international assignment before the ICC event in England.

Brief ScoresAustralia 272/9 (Usman Khawaja 100, Peter Handscomb 52; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/48) beat India 237 all out (Bhuvneshwar Kumar 46, Kedar Jadhav 44; Adam Zampa 3/46) by 35 runs