Usman Khawaja, who scored his maiden international ton at Ranchi, has been the best batsmen for the tourists along with Glenn Maxwell. @ PTI

A match-winning century against India in the third ODI at Ranchi that brought Australia back into the five-match one-day international series was still not enough for Usman Khawaja to earn a place in former captain Mark Taylor’s ICC World Cup 2019 squad. (VIDEO: Khawaja, bowlers star to keep Australia alive against India)

Khawaja, who scored his maiden international ton, has been the best batsmen for the tourists along with Glenn Maxwell. However, with the suspended duo of David Warner and Steve Smith set to return, Taylor had no room for the southpaw.

The former captain named his World Cup XI: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

Taylor has no doubt that Finch is the right leader for Australia at the World Cup. After scoring above 14 only once in the last six ODIs, Finch notched up a brilliant 93 at Ranchi and was involved in a 193-run partnership with Khawaja for the opening wicket. “I have been worried about his form, but I think he is a wonderful captain who does an excellent job,” Finch said on Wide World of Sports on Sunday. (ALSO READ: Have always had the faith I would get runs: Aaron Finch)

“He is running into India every game at the moment. He has played one-dayers, Test matches and now more one-dayers and they are bowling very well to him. He knows the game very well. I like his field settings, his bowling changes, generally he is very aggressive.

“He has got 11 one day hundreds from 102 games so his record is very good.”

Meanwhile, Warne and Smith will return to high profile cricket at the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) and both players are almost certainties for the World Cup. “The Warner-Smith factor will be real in England. Big time real,” Taylor said. (ALSO READ: Warner, Smith will destroy bowling attacks when they return: Shane Warne)

“You want a senior player who is going to work well with them, but also be his own man. And that is Aaron Finch.”

Taylor also picked offspinner Nathan Lyon ahead of leggie Adam Zampa. “One thing we have to take into consideration is that side is going to be playing in England in June and July and not in India or Dubai in February or March,” Taylor explained.

“I have got Lyon just ahead of Zampa, particularly in England conditions.”