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Coming to India for an ODI series will bring back some happy memories for Ashton Turner, who is set to play his first ODI in ten months. It was unfortunate that he had to miss out on a World Cup berth with David Warner and Steve Smith returning to the team after serving their suspension period. But Turner now might get to feature in a playing eleven alongside both the star batsmen.
Although he has played only three ODIs in his career thus far, Turner's experience in Indian conditions might prove handy for Australia in the three-match ODI series. That knock in Mohali - an unbeaten 84 off 43 deliveries that helped Australia chase down a target of 359 and kept them alive in the series - is especially treasured by the 26-year-old who believes his past experience will hold him in good stead.
"Coming back to India, we love touring here. From my experiences here last time I had a really enjoyable trip and had some personal success and team success. That is my only experience of ODI cricket so far and the only experience I have to draw from. I have really fond memories of playing one-day cricket so far in my career," said Turner.
"To be able to come here to India, historically it has been really tough for touring teams to come here and have success. For me to be able to play a role in getting that one-day series back on track...we were chasing our tails a bit, to contribute to winning that night in Mohali, I have fond memories. I take a lot of confidence out of that against a world-class team and a world-class bowling attack, it's given me confidence that my ability is good enough against the best in the world."
Limited opportunities in ODI cricket hasn't deterred Turner, who says being selected in an Australian team is motivation enough to keep him going. And regarding this series, if it'll serve as a proving ground for his T20 credentials and a possible berth in the T20 World Cup this year, Turner reckons the currency of runs is all that matters.
"Selectors watch us bat in all formats, first-class cricket, one-day cricket or T20 cricket. All we can do is put our best foot forward and try and contribute to winning teams. That's no different. I've just got an opportunity ahead of me to represent Australia if selected and we always have an eye to the future and are thinking about things coming up, big and exciting things. It's always important to think about the present and what is going to happen tomorrow.
The way Australia handle spin will be one of the keys for them in the series insists Turner, who was among the Australians who prevented the Indian spinners from making much of an impact the last time they came to India.
"Part of the recipe for success we had here last time was being able to come up with the solution to combat the world class spinners that India do have and no doubt their spinners will bowl a lot of overs through the middle overs of these one-day games and a lot of times in a lot of games that's where the game is won or lost.
"In all of our planning a big part of our preparation goes into how we're going to combat the Indian spinners and it's always a big challenge particularly coming here to India. It's a challenge we're really looking forward to and it's something from this last series, we've taken belief. If we prepare well and we're really clear on our gameplans and tactics we know our best is good enough."
Turner also heaped praise on Finch's leadership skills, mentioning that the confidence and the free hand he has given to players has helped the team grow.
"Finch has been really good to me personally and has given me a lot of confidence to play my game and play the way I want to play. He is a brilliant leader. Since he has taken over the full-time captaincy of the one-day and T20 teams we have gone from strength to strength. To have that consistency in the squads is really good. All the boys most importantly love playing under Finchy's captaincy. I think Australia have a great history of really good leaders and Finchy is just continuing on that tradition."
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