Australia are good, but they're not that good

Steve Smith was injured, and as such a late withdrawal, but Australia's decision to omit superstar David Warner from the tour raised eyebrows across the Tasman and, given the tourists' failures with the bat, could certainly have had a bearing on the outcome of the series. Despite the quality of their replacements
(Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh have proven themselves to be genuine international match-winners over the years) there is simply no replacing Warner and Smith, two brilliant players who boast records that stack up with just about anyone from any era. While the bigger picture of India is an entirely reasonable (and logical) one through which to view the decision, it was also a selection call fraught with danger against an outfit as dangerous as New Zealand.

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