Australia skipper Michael Clarke is confident his side will not have a problem handling the weight of local expectation when they meet defending champions India in a blockbuster World Cup semi-final tomorrow.
Australia’s four titles make them the most successful team in World Cup history but only Clarke, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson survive from their last triumph in 2007 and they have never won the trophy on home soil.
They can remove that anomaly in Melbourne next weekend however they must first get past an unbeaten Indian side packed with players who know exactly what it takes to win the tournament.
While accepting that big match experience was important, Clarke said fearless youth also had an important place in the make-up of a well-balanced side.
Clarke said his tactics had always been about taking as many wickets and scoring as many runs as possible.
His recipe for success tomorrow was equally straightforward.
Clarke said “As big as this event is, as a player, it’s no different to any other game. I think you don’t do yourself justice if your attitude changes because of the event.”