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Steve Smith and David Warner 'could be left out of Australia's World Cup squad'

‘It is bloody hard,’ Finch, who scored back-to-back centuries in the first two one-day internationals against Pakistan, said.

‘Especially when the side is playing so well, it’s going to be difficult. No matter who it is.

‘At the end of the day… it’s an incredibly tough decision. Whatever balance you go with in that 15-man squad, there’s going to be some very unlucky blokes out there.’

Australia endured a dismal run in all formats following the ball-tampering scandal and were thumped by Eoin Morgan’s England last summer.

But Finch’s side produced a remarkable comeback to beat Virat Kohli’s India earlier in the month and have taken an unassailable lead in the ongoing series against Pakistan.

‘The fact that guys are getting more of an opportunity to keep developing their role, and developing the role they’ve been asked to play or the game demands, is gold,’ Finch added.

‘That probably goes under the radar a little bit when you’re looking at teams that have been successful in the past.

‘I think leading up to the 2015 World Cup, we’d had the same 15 players for a good 18 months or so.

‘That goes a long way, not just to your culture but just an understanding of how each other plays.’


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