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Saturday, 9 March 2019

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Usman Khawaja isn't guaranteed to get a spot in Australia's World Cup squad, let alone the first-choice XI, despite his classy century against India, former captain Mark Taylor says.

Taylor named his preferred Australian team on Sports Sunday, with Khawaja omitted after making 104 in the third ODI of the ongoing Indian series. Superstars David Warner and Steve Smith are returned to the line-up, while Nathan Lyon pipped Aaron Zampa as the spinner. Specialist wicketkeeper Alex Carey was preferred to part-timer Peter Handscomb.

Taylor's team: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

"That's my World Cup XI - so they'll take 15 [in the squad]. He [Khawaja] would certainly come into consideration, I'm not saying he's a guarantee for the 15 at the moment," Taylor said.

"I saw Trevor Hohns, the chairman of selectors, said he's got about 19 names going around, and that would be about right.

"If Australia played tomorrow in a World Cup game, that would be my side, if they're all fit. At the moment, Starc's not fit, Hazlewood's not fit.

"I've got Lyon just ahead of Zampa, particularly in English conditions. That's the other thing we've got to take consideration of; that side, in a World Cup, is going to be playing in England in June and July. Not in India or in Dubai in February or March."

Taylor said that he had locked-in Finch even prior to his 93 against India in the third ODI, despite the worrying form slump that had preceded the captain's near-century.

"I had him picked. I've been worried about his form, yeah, but I think he's a very good captain, he's done an excellent job," Taylor said, pointing out that Finch's struggles have come in games against a red-hot Indian team.

Taylor said that Finch was more valuable than just his batting contributions.

"I think seniority, in terms of the player groups - I think they like Aaron Finch," Taylor said.

"He does know the game very well. His field-setting is very good, I like his bowling changes. He's generally aggressive. And his batting, he's got 11 one-day hundreds too, in about 102 games. So his record's very good.

"Yes, he's had a bad run of outs, but at the moment - in the no Warner, no Smith era - they need good senior players around them. He's one of them."

Taylor said that a veteran leader like Finch was the perfect man to handle the potentially-awkward Smith-Warner situation. Australia's two best batsmen return to the side banned from leadership roles, but will remain imposing personalities within the team.

"I think that's another reason you'd like to have Aaron Finch there: because the Warner-Smith factor will be real in England. Big-time real," Taylor said.

"You want a senior player who's going to work well with them, but also be his own man, and that's Aaron Finch."

Usman Khawaja isn't guaranteed to get a spot in Australia's World Cup squad, let alone the first-choice XI, despite his classy century against India, former captain Mark Taylor says.

Taylor named his preferred Australian team on Sports Sunday, with Khawaja omitted after making 104 in the third ODI of the ongoing Indian series. Superstars David Warner and Steve Smith are returned to the line-up, while Nathan Lyon pipped Aaron Zampa as the spinner. Specialist wicketkeeper Alex Carey was preferred to part-timer Peter Handscomb.

Taylor's team: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

"That's my World Cup XI - so they'll take 15 [in the squad]. He [Khawaja] would certainly come into consideration, I'm not saying he's a guarantee for the 15 at the moment," Taylor said.

"I saw Trevor Hohns, the chairman of selectors, said he's got about 19 names going around, and that would be about right.

"If Australia played tomorrow in a World Cup game, that would be my side, if they're all fit. At the moment, Starc's not fit, Hazlewood's not fit.

"I've got Lyon just ahead of Zampa, particularly in English conditions. That's the other thing we've got to take consideration of; that side, in a World Cup, is going to be playing in England in June and July. Not in India or in Dubai in February or March."

Taylor said that he had locked-in Finch even prior to his 93 against India in the third ODI, despite the worrying form slump that had preceded the captain's near-century.

"I had him picked. I've been worried about his form, yeah, but I think he's a very good captain, he's done an excellent job," Taylor said, pointing out that Finch's struggles have come in games against a red-hot Indian team.

Taylor said that Finch was more valuable than just his batting contributions.

"I think seniority, in terms of the player groups - I think they like Aaron Finch," Taylor said.

"He does know the game very well. His field-setting is very good, I like his bowling changes. He's generally aggressive. And his batting, he's got 11 one-day hundreds too, in about 102 games. So his record's very good.

"Yes, he's had a bad run of outs, but at the moment - in the no Warner, no Smith era - they need good senior players around them. He's one of them."

Taylor said that a veteran leader like Finch was the perfect man to handle the potentially-awkward Smith-Warner situation. Australia's two best batsmen return to the side banned from leadership roles, but will remain imposing personalities within the team.

"I think that's another reason you'd like to have Aaron Finch there: because the Warner-Smith factor will be real in England. Big-time real," Taylor said.

"You want a senior player who's going to work well with them, but also be his own man, and that's Aaron Finch."

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