Australia seeking 5-0 whitewash over India


Australia have the opportunity to seal a whitewash victory over India in game five of their bilateral ODI series in Sydney on Saturday.

Despite India's high-scoring batting - with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma leading the scorers in the series - Australia's confidence is sky-high, with the hosts producing huge hauls at the crease and accuracy with the ball in hand.

The 4-0 series lead is made all the more impressive by the fact that India set targets of 309, 308, 295 and 323 in the four opening matches.

Currently on a 20-game unbeaten run at home, Australia were fortunate to triumph last time out in Canberra, with India needing just 72 runs from 75 balls with nine wickets remaining.

However, following Kane Richardson and John Hastings' heroics, India collapsed to increase the possibility of a humiliating 5-0 scoreline this weekend.

Australia captain Steve Smith is excited at the prospect of recording a perfect series performance.

"India's middle-order batting was quite inexperienced with a few guys making their international debuts in this series, so we thought if we got a wicket or two we could put some pressure on and perhaps squeeze them a bit," he told Cricket Australia.

"And when we did that, we were able to get a few of them to play big shots as the run rate grew, which helped us pick a few more wickets and it all just seemed to snowball from there.

"That win has given us even more confidence and we head to Sydney today with a great opportunity to complete a five-nil series clean sweep against one of the best one-day teams in the world, which would be a great feat if we can get there at the SCG on Saturday."

Meanwhile, coach Darren Lehmann claims his side will not be letting-up, despite their stranglehold over the series.

"Every game is important whether it's 5-0 or 4-1 or 3-2, it doesn't matter," he said.

"When you're playing cricket for Australia, you actually want to win every game you play. We've got a job to do and we've got to entertain the crowd along the way and for us, it's a chance to show our skills off."

Australia may be without middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell for the encounter at the SCG, after the in-form hitter injured his knee early on in the blitz, before going on to mark 41 runs from 20 balls.

Cricket Australia revealed Maxwell's right knee, struck by the ball on the leg side, had swollen and caused the 32-year-old discomfort, with an assessment to be made on his condition following examinations.

Australia have been hampered with injuries throughout the series, with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and James Pattinson all forced to miss out on game-action due to varying problems.