Michael Clarke is a very experienced player and captain. He has been in situations like this before and he is keeping himself and his teammates grounded heading into Australia’s emotional knockout match tomorrow. Clarke said “it takes skill not emotion to win these big matches” and “If you let the pressure and the expectations get on top of you, that can be the hardest part of this game”. Clarke will be making sure the Australian squad doesn’t let the emotions of playing a World Cup Final on home soil get the better of them.
Clarke’s 47 against Scotland in Australia’s final pool match has silenced any doubts about the skippers health concerns leading into the quarterfinals. Almost a mirror image of the innings against Sri Lanka, Clarke’s poise with the bat is more evident than ever and he will be looking to build another solid innings to lead the way for Australia in the do or die match tomorrow.
Mitchell Johnson has been a bit up and down so far this World Cup with his efficiency a bit lower than he might like, however he has still managed to produce some solid numbers. His 1 for 16 off of 4 overs with 1 maiden was a just what he needed to gain some traction moving into the quarterfinals. He has bounced back from his lapse in form earlier in the tournament and will be set to cause havoc in Adelaide tomorrow.
Pakistan will be feeling confident coming into the match after their 2-0 defeat of Australia in Dubai last November however the conditions in Australia are vastly different to those in Dubai. The wicket in Dubai was flat and did not not offer much bounce where as the pitch at Adelaide Oval is much bouncier and will favour the Australian fast bowling attack. With the Australians looking to win a World Cup on home soil Michael Clarke and his men will be a tough side to compete against in Adelaide tomorrow.
The game starts at 14:00 local time in Adelaide tomorrow.