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Cricket news - Smith, Warner conundrum incredibly tough decision: Finch

Smith and Warner are available for World Cup selection after serving their one-year ban.

On the back of six successive wins in the 50-over format and two series victories, Australia have gained momentum ahead of the World Cup to be held in England. However, with Steven Smith and David Warner having served their one-year bans, it has led to a conundrum - whether Aaron Finch and the coaching staff would tinker with the current set-up in order to accommodate the stalwarts.

"It is bloody hard," Finch said. "Especially when the side is playing so well, it's going to be difficult. No matter who it is. I will definitely have my views - and Justin (Langer) and I, we talk all the time, every day about selections and team make-ups, different scenarios and things like that.

"At the end of the day, they're the selectors and it's an incredibly tough decision. Whatever balance you go with in that 15-man squad (for the World Cup), there's going to be some very unlucky blokes out there," he added.

Over Australia's last six ODIs, the duo of Usman Khawaja and Finch has combined to accumulate 886 runs at an average of 81 at the top of the order. Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell have also made vital contributions during the course of Australia's winning streak. Ashton Turner, too, gave a glimpse of his power-hitting in the Mohali ODI against India.

On their part, Smith and Warner had noted they felt like "they'd never left" after getting to spend some time with the Australian unit for the first time since they were suspended, in the lead-up to the five-match ODI series versus Pakistan.

Finch, however, reiterated the point about the importance of a settled side going into the mega event. "That probably goes under the radar a little bit when you're looking at teams that have been successful in the past. England have had a great four years since the last World Cup, but they've had a very settled side. India are no different.

"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. How Maxi (Maxwell) is going to play in this scenario or how I'm going to play or SOS (Marsh) or Uzzie (Khawaja). It just helps out a lot and it's been great that we've had a really similar squad for quite a while now," Finch observed.

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