The prospect of a series whitewash has turned into a reality check for Australia, after Zimbabwe shocked the world by defeating the cricket powerhouse for the first time in their own backyard.
The three-wicket defeat will undoubtedly heap more pressure on Aaron Finch, whose form ahead of next month’s T20 World Cup is the elephant in the room.
Nor did the three One-Day Internationals against Zimbabwe help Finch’s cause, with the veteran opening batter managing just 21 runs across the series.
Yet there were some positives coming out of the series in Townsville, with Cameron Green’s rise continuing while quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood showed some form with the ball.
Here are our player ratings from the 2-1 series win over Zimbabwe.