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We're fully focussed, playing our best cricket: Clarke

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  15 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Hobart, March 14: Australian skipper Michael Clarke on Saturday said his side was now fully focussed on the World Cup knockout matches, with all players mentally ready to go all out to win the big battles ahead.

"It is a real positive for us going into the quarter-fil having another win. One little hiccup against New Zealand, that is in the front of our minds, and we make sure that no matter who we play against now we're fully focused and playing our best cricket," he said after his team finished second in Pool A.

The baggy greens would now move on to Adelaide Oval where they take on the winner of Sunday's Ireland-Pakistan match.

Having won five Pool games, with the only defeat coming against co-hosts new Zealand, Clarke said the team was now well placed for the last Eight round.

"Obviously it's a knockout stage now. Who we play against we're still unsure. We know we're playing in Adelaide and we know we've finished second in our draw. That's a positive.

"I would have liked to have not lost a game. But as you know, once you get to the quarter-fils, that's the most important part, getting there firstly and then having success in that first quarter-fil," he said.

Clarke said the change in batting order against Scotland, which saw Shane Watson promoted to three and James Faulkner to four, was meant to give the guys sometime in the middle. IANS

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