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Australia captain George Bailey targets wicket of Chris Gayle ahead of semi-final with West Indies

George Bailey: Targeting the wicket of Chris Gayle

Australia captain George Bailey insists his team will be firmly on the attack when they take on West Indies for a place in the ICC World Twenty20 final.

Skipper Bailey is wary of the threat posed by Windies dangerman Chris Gayle at the top of the order, but believes his side, who have won four of their five matches played, have just as much firepower at their disposal.

"If you can knock Gayle over early, it really does put pressure on the rest of their batsmen to step up."

George Bailey

Speaking on how Australia will approach Friday's match, Bailey said: "I'd rather see us throw caution to the wind. If we get knocked over, we get knocked over."

As for the possibility of a David Hussey call-up, at the expense of Glenn Maxwell, the captain added: "I saw (coach) Mickey Arthur had weighed up those two players and that's probably the only one to be weighed up. But the structure doesn't change in terms of a like-for-like."

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.

"It's not only about Chris," Sammy said. "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.

"It could be a spectacular catch somewhere or guys out in the middle making the right decision at a crucial time.

"I think the team that wins at the end of the day is the team that will make the fewest mistakes.

"But it's two evenly-matched teams and it promises to be an exciting game."

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