India will be tough to beat, says Australian captain

2015-03-22 06:00

Australian captain Michael Clarke says his cricket team is going to face a totally different India to the one they thrashed in a triangular series barely two months ago.

Australia and India face each other on Thursday in the second semifinal of this year’s cricket World Cup. They beat Pakistan and Bangladesh, respectively, in their quarterfinal matches last week.

Clarke and his team beat Pakistan by six wickets in Adelaide, Australia, after India trounced Bangladesh with a 109-run victory in Melbourne.

“We have slowly but surely upped our game during the tournament and we’ve built up valuable momentum with every victory,” said Clarke.

“India is a totally different team to Pakistan with other strong and weak points and we will have to plan according to that.”

In January, the Indian team couldn’t win a single match against Australia or England in the series Down Under, but according to Clarke this doesn’t say much.

“They are now a much better team than earlier in the season and they are going to be tough to beat, particularly because they’ve been playing in our conditions for so long now. We will definitely have to be at our best,” said Clarke.

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