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Faulkner expecting 'cut throat' Australia, India clash

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James Faulkner is expecting a heated contest in a "cut-throat" atmosphere when Australia play defending champions India in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals.

The two teams have previous following a series of contentions incidents in a recent four-match Test series, with the likes of David Warner, Virat Kohli, Mitchell Starc and Ishant Sharma all being punished for on-field misdemeanours.

Both sides faced criticism for their conduct, but, speaking ahead of Thursday's intriguing last-four clash in Sydney, Faulkner is expecting no let-up.

"There's going to be words said and it's going to be a really tough contest," Faulkner said.

"I think there always is [sledging] in the game, if there isn't you've got problems.

"It's the nature of the game, it's a semi-final. Cut-throat. Neither team will be backing down."

With India having gone unbeaten in the tournament so far, Faulkner is well aware of the size of the challenge facing Australia.

"They've spent a fair bit of time in the country, so they've adapted well to the conditions," he added. "It should be a good spectacle." 

 

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