Australia opt for attacking approach

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George Bailey wants his team to be positive in their semi-final
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George Bailey wants his team to be positive in their semi-final

Australia believe an attacking and positive approach will be their best method in Friday's ICC World Twenty20 semi-final against West Indies.

Captain George Bailey is wary of the threat posed by Windies danger man Chris Gayle at the top of the order, but he senses adventure with bat and ball represents Australia's best chance at the Premadasa Stadium.

"I'd rather see us throw caution to the wind. If we get knocked over, we get knocked over," he said.

Tournament top run-scorer Shane Watson has been the driving force in Australia's progression to the knockout stages, and it was perhaps no surprise that they faltered in their final Super Eight defeat against Pakistan when he did not play a dominant role.

Critics of Bailey's team have suggested there is little firepower in their batting line-up below a top three of Watson, David Warner and Michael Hussey.

Australia have the option of recalling Hussey's brother, and Twenty20 specialist, David for the first time in this tournament to try to bulk up their middle order.

Whichever batting all-rounder plays, Bailey knows who Australia want to eliminate most quickly in the Windies' innings.

"Their batting is no doubt their strength," he said. "If you can knock Gayle over early, it really does put pressure on the rest of their batsmen to step up."

Bailey's opposite number Darren Sammy warns others are quite capable of starring roles too, however, saying: "It's not only about Chris. Obviously he sets the momentum for us at the top of the order, but to win the game it will need a total team effort.

"In any cricket match you get one individual doing something brilliant. But it will take a collective effort to win the semi-final."

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