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Faulkner confident on beating India in Semi-final

Faulkner's lauded finishing ability has not been seen so far in this World Cup. Injured just before the tournament started, he missed Australia's first three matches and has been slowly working his way back to full fitness.

The Australians have made it through to the semi-finals without too much fuss, but the hard work has only just begun.

Despite his lack of time at the crease, the 24-year-old is confident he can pick up where he left off and start scoring runs again.

I've spent a fair bit of time in the nets now, I feel like I'm ready to go

,he told media at the Sydney Cricket ground on Monday.

"As a batting group, we're playing quite nicely at the moment."

But Faulkner's most important role may be with the ball. One of the three left-arm fast bowlers in the Australian team, he played a pivotal role in Australia's pool win over Sri Lanka at the SCG.

The left-arm all-rounder bagged three wickets, including the vital scalp of Kumar Sangakkara, in Australia's pool win over Sri Lanka at the SCG.

He knows bowling could prove decisive on a pitch that has produced high scores all summer.

"I'm expecting a lot of runs," he said.

"If you look at the past, between India and Australia, whether we played them over there or in Australia, you've seen a lot of runs and I think that will happen come game day."

World Cup semi-final brings new nerves

The Australians have dominated India so far this season, winning their four-match test series and the subsequent tri-nation limited-overs tournament, but Faulkner said the prospect of making a World Cup final would leave both teams a little jittery.

"I think everyone's going to be nervous in their own little way and it's up to them how they want to deal with it," he said.

"I think you could see a lot of nerves were on show a couple of nights ago (during the quarter-finals) and I think that's good.

"Both teams are exposed and I think if you don't have nerves, you have issues."

Faulkner said Australia would control its emotions under any circumstances, even when chasing down a huge target.

"You definitely have to have the belief, no matter what the total is that you're chasing," he said.

"It's all about your start, whether you're chasing or whether you're setting, if you start well with bat and ball more times than not you're going to end up in a position in the last 10 or 15 overs when you have a crack at chasing a big total."

Source - Reuters



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