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ICC WOMEN'S WORLD CUP 2017

Australia won't underestimate India

16 July 2017

The Southern Stars aren't expecting an easy game against India in the semi-finals of the Women's Cricket World Cup

Australia have vowed to take nothing for granted against recent victims India with a spot in the Women's Cricket World Cup final at stake.

Defending champions Australia (6-1) finished second on the round robin ladder behind arch-rivals England (6-1), separated only by run rate, after a comprehensive 59-run win over South Africa in Taunton on Saturday.

Resting injured skipper Meg Lanning, they were sparked by a century partnership between openers Nicole Bolton (79) and Beth Mooney (53) and 55 runs off 58 balls from Ellyse Perry.

Dismissed for 269, Jess Jonassen, (2-40) and Perry (2-47) led the Australian bowling while stand-in skipper Rachael Haynes also claimed two wickets after bringing herself on despite not having bowled previously in the tournament.

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The win throws the six-time champions into the second semi-final against third-placed India (5-2) in Derby on Thursday, two days after England take on fourth-placed South Africa (5-2) for a spot in Saturday's title decider at Lord's.

Australia crushed India by eight wickets, chasing down a total of 225 within 45 overs, when the two teams met earlier in the week.

But they are wary because of the closeness of the competition between the top five teams, with New Zealand the one not to progress after being beaten by 186 runs by India at Derby on Saturday.

They are also mindful that India played four of their matches in Derby while they are yet to play there.

"They'll be familiar with the conditions, so it's pretty cut throat, we can't afford to be off our game, and as you've seen throughout the tournament if you have an off-day the other team can get a jump on you," said Bolton.

"With the extra break heading into the game we'll be able to familiarise ourselves with the grounds and conditions and have a look at a bit of footage."

Haynes said the Australians had room to improve.

"With the bat we really need to finish off our innings (today)," she said. 

"We really let a three-hundred-plus score go today.

"But it's always important to take momentum leading into what's going to be a big semi-final."

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Australia World Cup squad: Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell (vc), Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning (c), Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington.

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