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Clarke pledges no mercy as quarter-final looms

Australia skipper Michael Clarke pledged no mercy on crisis-hit Scotland as the four-time World Cup champions seek a headline-grabbing performance ahead of a potential quarter-final collision with Pakistan.

Australia have already made sure of their spot in the next stage after last weekend's 64-run win over fellow title contenders Sri Lanka where they piled up 376-9.

That followed their World Cup record score of 417-6 to rout Afghanistan by 275 runs.

Victory against Pool A's rock-bottom Scotland on Saturday will ensure the runners-up spot behind New Zealand and a possible last-eight clash in Adelaide on March 20 against old adversaries Pakistan should Misbah-ul-Haq's side beat Ireland on Sunday.

"It doesn't matter who we're playing against. Everybody has turned up to training, wanting to get better," said Clarke.

"We need momentum, and we need to grab it and run with it for as long as we possibly can. In Hobart, it'll be full steam ahead looking to become better individually and as a team."

The only selection issue appears to still revolve around Shane Watson who was dropped for the Afghanistan match but restored to the line-up for the win over Sri Lanka in Sydney.
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