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Cricket news - Striking right balance key for selecting World Cup squad - Finch

"We have 20-21 guys from whom we can make the squad and it wouldn't be weaker with any of them in it" - Finch

After capping off a successful Asian tour with a whitewash over Pakistan, Aaron Finch is anticipating tough conversations in the coming weeks to decide on Australia's World Cup squad. Even though the Australian captain noted that the think tank has "an idea about the make-up of the 15-man squad", the series wins over India and Pakistan, in the absence of some of the main players, will make jotting down of the squad a difficult task.

"There are going to be some tough conversations over the next couple of weeks," Finch told reporters after the final ODI against Pakistan in Dubai. "There are going to be some very unlucky guys. Everyone who has had an opportunity in the last of couple of months has put his best foot forward and played good cricket. There's an idea about the make-up of the 15-man squad. But, honestly, we have 20-21 guys from whom we can make the squad and it wouldn't be weaker with any of them in it. It is a good position to be in, but it is going to be a tough selection."

Since returning to the opening spot, Usman Khawaja, while averaging 65.50, has struck two centuries and five fifties in 10 innings. With the selectors expected to include Steven Smith and David Warner in the final 15, there'll be three batsmen - Finch, Khawaja, and Warner - vying for the two opening slots.

"There'll be a lot of conversations with the players, myself and JL [Justin Langer] about the pros and cons in different scenarios, not for the opening slots, but it goes down to all the players in contention. We'll try to find the right balance for the squad rather than emotional and on-the-spot decisions."

Prior to the away ODIs against India last month, Australia since January 2018, had won only three out of 13 matches. The defending champions, however, now boast eight wins on the bounce ahead of the all-important World Cup. "It is exciting for Australia because if you think back six months - a lot of people were slamming us and writing us off not only in the one-dayers but across all formats," Finch said.

"The most pleasing thing has been that whenever the game has been in balance, one of our guys has raised his hand and taken on himself to get us over the line. We have been displaying consistency since India. Even the matches that we lost, we played some good cricket in it and lost some crucial moments, especially in the second match.

"When you are building towards something and you have changed your strategy and game plan, it can take a little bit of time to develop. It can take some time for the guys to fully buy into it until they have success and realise that it is the right way to play one-day cricket and go about their strategy."

It seems that everything is finally falling in place for Australia as they romped home to a 5-0 series win against Pakistan. "We had a real focus ahead of this game as this was our final head-out before the World Cup.

"We want to go into the World Cup with the momentum on our side. International cricket is very hard and you cannot take any opposition lightly. You cannot take your foot of the gas and give the opposition an opportunity to get on top of you."

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