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Aussies 'switched on'

Australia captain Michael Clarke is pleased with whatever batting opportunity he and his teammates had against Scotland yesterday in Hobart and said every member of the squad was "switched on" for the knockout stage of the World Cup.

MIddle-order batsman Clarke and James Faulkner have only recently come back from injuries while another all-rounder, Shane Watson, has returned to the playing 11 after being dropped from the team that beat Afghanistan on March 4.

Clarke naturally wanted more batting time but the fear of rain resulted in greater urgency and Australia overhauled Scotland's paltry 130-run total in the 16th over at the Bellerive Oval.

In a rejigged batting order, Clarke opened the innings and Watson came at No. 3, followed by Faulkner.

"I dearly would have liked all three of us to get a hundred each," Clarke said after his team's seven-wicket victory.

"I think we did whatever we could. We made the most of whatever opportunity we had.

"I think most importantly, everybody in the squad is mentally ready to go," said the right-hander who hit a run-a-ball 47.

Watson fell after a 23-ball 24 while Faulkner (16 not out off six balls) hit a six to seal Australia's easy victory which ensured they finished second in Pool A.

"I still felt a little bit rusty there with the bat," Clarke said.

"I don't think Watty would have played that shot if he wasn't putting the team first and Jimmy Faulkner had to come in and try and smack it at the end there. We made the most of it." - Reuters.


BRIEF SCORES

  • Scotland 130 in 25.4 overs (M. Machan 40; M. Starc 4-14, P. Cummins 3-42).
  • Australua 133-3 in 15.2 overs (M. Clarke 47).