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Australia head for Barbados

By Greg Buckle 10/04/2007 05:40:13 AM Comments (0)

It's business as usual for Australia's World Cup squad on Monday as they catch a flight from Antigua to Barbados in preparation for Friday's Super Eights match against Ireland.

Ricky Ponting's Australians are hot favourites to win a record third consecutive World Cup title after crushing victories in their opening six games, including Sunday's seven-wicket win over England at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

The win with 16 balls to spare, following South Africa's shock loss to Bangladesh on Saturday in Guyana, has allowed Australia to reclaim the No.1 ranking in one-day internationals.

"It's just business as usual for us as a team. We'll have a travel day (on Monday) and a couple of preparation days down in Barbados," Ponting said.

"I'll have to have a look myself as a captain and see if I used all the bowlers properly today and at the right times.

"If we go in with the same team next time I have to have my strategy and plans worked out very well.

"But there is still some improvement in this group. We haven't played our best cricket yet.

"We will be playing some very good cricket when we need to, later on in the tournament."

Australia are hoping to regain all-rounder Shane Watson from a calf-muscle injury for the semi-finals on April 24-25, which would leave batsman Brad Hodge in danger of being dropped.

Hodge was recalled for the England game but did not get a bat with Australia making 3-248 after bowling England out for 247.

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