Australia aim to keep rolling

Pakistan must overturn form book in St Lucia

Last updated: 14th May 2010  

Australia aim to keep rolling

We meet again: Clarke (left) and Afridi

We are thrilled to be in the semi-finals - but we didn't come here to make the semi-finals.

Michael Clarke
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Australia captain Michael Clarke is in confident mood ahead of Friday's ICC World Twenty20 semi-final against Pakistan, having already beaten Shahid Afridi's men earlier in the tournament.

Clarke's team have won all five of their matches in the Caribbean by wide margins, including a 34-run success over Pakistan in St Lucia, also the venue for the semi-final, during the initial group stage on May 2.

"I think it does, but it is more the way we are playing that gives me a lot of confidence," said Clarke when asked if the earlier victory may provide a psychological edge.

"We came into this ranked very low, but our performances have been outstanding - and that's because of the desire from all the boys to work really hard and perform.

"We've done that consistently in completely different conditions here and in Barbados, so that's very exciting."

Clarke, however, will not be taking Pakistan - the defending champions - lightly.

Respect

"They are a very strong team in any form of the game, but especially T20 - and they've shown that to make the semi-finals once again," he added.

"We take momentum from every win we've had. But they'll come out with a lot to prove on a wicket that will probably suit them a little more than Barbados."

Clarke rejected the suggestion that Australia have peaked too soon - and made it clear there is unfinished business for the multiple 50-over World Cup winners, who have fallen short in both of the previous World T20s.

"We are thrilled to be in the semi-finals - but we didn't come here to make the semi-finals," he said.

"As I've said from the start, I think this is a wonderful squad. We've got guys who haven't had the chance in the middle, but they still turn up and train every day and work their backsides off.

"Then there's the XI on the field that bust their backsides not only for themselves but also for the support staff, the supporters from Australia and the people at home who have doubted us in this format."

Pakistan have often over the past two weeks looked like anything but a team about to defend their title.

Revenge

They scraped through on run rate with only one Super Eight win but have a chance for a measure of revenge against Australia, who whitewashed them in three Tests and five one-day internationals on their recent tour Down Under.

Afridi believes his squad may be about to click at just the right time.

"I think we are feeling good," he said. "We have played well but just missed some opportunities, against England and then just losing [off the last ball] against New Zealand.

"Overall, the guys are very confident after the last game - and I think it will be a great game against Australia."

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Remie Malik says...

For Pakistan to beat Australia, they need to perform on top of their game. It´s a one match decider but seeing the poor form of Pakistan (fielding and batting) versus the high consistency of match winning by the aussies, i see them playing in the final versus England.

Posted 15:55 14th May 2010

Kadeer Hussain says...

it will be a hard game but i predict that pakistan will win if they bat first!

Posted 15:08 14th May 2010

Mujahid Zaki says...

looking pakistan win, both teams have big names like tait, watson, umer akmal, and amer. my prediction pakistan win if they handel big tait.

Posted 12:58 14th May 2010

Bill Flack says...

For Pakistan to win Afraidi needs to come off with both bat and ball and then needs another team mate to star with either bat or ball. The St Lucia pitches seem to have bounce but are a little slow - so a ball delivered from the back of a length with bounce has so far proven very difficult to get away. Will the Aussies have the intelligence to bowl like that? rather than tear in hoping just pure pace will do the trick! Good luck to both and may the best team win.

Posted 12:22 14th May 2010

Pawanjit singh Chahal says...

i said it a long time before the tornament, it will be a england vs pakistan final, with england to win it, watch my words!!!

Posted 09:41 14th May 2010

Michael Corser says...

oh yeah pakistan are an awesome team....they will thrash the aussies

Posted 08:52 14th May 2010

Jabbar Ahmed says...

Well i think being a Pakistani its not very good the performance of our team... we cant chase a modest total and somehow find a way to get out. our bowling will be the key against Australia if our spinners get it right ... we might end up winning it ..

Posted 19:36 13th May 2010

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