Batsman Michael Hussey has rubbished Yuvraj Singh's claim that Australia are weaker than in previous World Cup events, after Yuvraj Singh claimed they could struggle to retain the trophy with the current crop of players.
India's Yuvraj claimed the two-time defending champions no longer boast a squad of the same ilk of previous tournaments, and that MS Dhoni's side are out to expose their weaknesses when the duo lock horns in Ahmedabad.
Speaking after setting up a quarter-final clash with Australia, Yuvraj said: "Australia are a top side, they've won three successive World Cups but Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden are not there.
"If we can get into their weaknesses, we can win the quarter-final."
But Hussey insists Rick Ponting's men have what it takes to beat pre-tournament favourites, citing their one-day series 4-2 in India in 2009 without the quartet mentioned by Yuvraj as proof of their capabilities.
"We've won quite a few series against India in one-day cricket over here in the last few years without the likes of McGrath, Warne, Gilchrist and Hayden," said Hussey.
"We can come into this game with a lot of confidence, because we have played well against India in Indian conditions in the last few years, and won some very tough series."
Australia head into Thursday's quarter-final on the back of a four-wicket defeat by Pakistan that ended their 34-match unbeaten run at the World Cup.
But Hussey backed Australia's big-game temperament to emerge, saying: "I'm sure the ground will be a packed house and it will be a great environment to play our best cricket."
For the first time since the 1996 World Cup, sides will need to win three successive knockout matches to lift the trophy and Hussey said: "The teams that win their quarter-final - and win well - can take that confidence and momentum into the semi-finals.
"This is a huge game for us. We believe that if we can beat India then we have a great chance of going all the way."