Australian opener David Warner admits it has been hard to pull himself away from his family after the birth of his second daughter, but he’s back feeling refreshed and ready to go.
Warner, having missed two of the first three one-day internationals against India to welcome baby Indi Rae last week, returns for Wednesday’s match at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Australia won both clashes in his absence for an unassailable 3-0 series lead.
Despite being in hospital, the vice-captain said he was glued to the TV and didn’t miss a moment.
“The way we’re going out there and addressing the situation – when we’re batting, especially – is phenomenal, a credit to the top order,” he said on Tuesday after training.
“I was very, very excited to see Glenn Maxwell go out there and play a mature innings and get us home.”
Warner said it’s always nice to have a break from the game – but not for too long, because “at the end of the day, you’re giving an opportunity to someone else”.
In this case, it was an in-form Usman Khawaja.
“That’s fantastic, but you’ve got to come back, you’ve got to be switched on and you’ve got to score runs as well,” he added.
“It’s a fickle game. If you’re out of form, it could cost you a spot for a year or two.”
Big scores have been the norm this ODI series against India, with Australia successfully chasing down 309, 308 and 295 in their opening three games.
Warner predicts another high total on Wednesday, on what’s typically a flat pitch at Manuka.
“Having the momentum of chasing big totals down gives you a little bit of an added advantage, where you’re confident in yourself, you’re backing your teammates and the middle order,” he said.
“We’ve been spoken about in all three forms, our middle order not really performing. But, at the moment, our middle order is galvanising so well together that we’re actually chasing these big totals.
“We hope that we can do that as well when we’re setting the total.”
Indian team director Ravi Shastri is hoping his side doesn’t miss another opportunity to beat the world champions, after coming mightily close at the MCG.
“You don’t go into a game thinking you’re going to be beaten again. You think positively; you think to try win the game,” he said.