Daniel Brettig

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

Mitchell Johnson gives a double thumbs up

Australia v India, World Cup 2015, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

Johnson drowns out tumult to down India

Amid a hostile atmosphere at the SCG, Mitchell Johnson's blows with bat and ball sent Australia soaring into the World Cup final

Thumbs up: Michael Clarke was pleased after winning the toss

Australia v India, World Cup 2015, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

Auckland 'turning point' for Australia - Clarke

Australia's captain Michael Clarke has pinpointed the narrow defeat to New Zealand in Auckland as the "kick up the backside," his team needed

James Faulkner in his delivery stride

Australia v India, World Cup 2015, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

Faulkner, Maxwell turn into each other

For Australia's options in spin and variety, much will rest on the shoulders of James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell, a seam bowler who started life as a spinner and a spinner who once dreamed of taking the new ball as a fast man

Michael Clarke with his mentor Shane Warne during practice

Australia v India, World Cup 2015, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

Clarke's crucial leadership test

Sydney's semi-final will determine much about whether Michael Clarke will finish this tournament as a winner, or as a thwarted leader pondering his options

Steven Smith takes a tumble during training

Australia v India, World Cup 2015, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

Steven Smith strays down leg

Taking guard outside his leg stump has helped return Steven Smith to the form he has displayed earlier in the summer

Aaron Finch trains with team-mates at the SCG

World Cup 2015: Australia

Finch calls in familiar help

An oddly familiar face peered down the SCG net containing Aaron Finch on Monday, his fiery red hair accentuated by the choice of a cap of the same colour. After a few minutes of speculation, the figure was proven to be Andrew McDonald

Rohit Sharma and the Australian fielders exchange a few words

Australia v India, World Cup 2015, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

Sledging inevitable in Cup semi-final - Faulkner

Australia's allrounder James Faulkner believes instances of sledging will be inevitable in Thursday's high-stakes World Cup semi-final against at the SCG

Can't catch me: Wahab Riaz was too good for Zimbabwe's tail

World Cup 2015: Pakistan

From 110 to 150 kph, the Wahab Riaz story

As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

Josh Hazlewood celebrates the wicket of Ahmed Shehzad

World Cup 2015: Australia

Australia's pitch battle with SCG

Even if it was dished out by both sides, the fire and brimstone of Adelaide is the way Australia would like to be playing the game in Sydney during Thursday's semi-final against India