Fast machines of Australia and West Indies promise to shake us all game long

She was a fast machine, she kept her motor clean.

As the Australians arrived for their first training session at Trent Bridge, the head-banging guitar riff and grinding lyrics of ACDC's You Shook Me All Night Long bellowed from the speaker on the dressing room balcony.

Several West Indies players were still at the ground, wrapping up a clinic and signing autographs for children. One member of the camp joked that Bob Marley music would be more welcome.

But the upcoming match between the two sides has all the makings of a heavy metal contest rather than a reggae groove; the battle of the bumpers, the barrage of bouncers, so to speak.

It's no surprise. Australia and West Indies boast heavy artillery in the fast bowling department and both deployed it liberally in their opening seven-wicket victories against Afghanistan and Pakistan, respectively. But while Carlos Brathwaite acknowledges that bouncers are a "preferred tactic" for West Indies, he emphasised the importance of the balls that bracket them, the spaces in between.

"Obviously we've been hearing the talk of bouncer this and bouncer that but it's always been a part of cricket," said Brathwaite. "Probably it's come to the fore a bit because the pitches will take the bouncer and only four fielders out, so the bowlers need to find something and obviously no one likes a ball 140-145 k's at your head. So that's why the bouncer has been the favourite tactic thus far.

"But you can only bowl two an over and the other four you have to be spot on and I think, as much as it was mentioned against Pakistan about our bouncers, I think those are the four balls in the over if you use them quite well. Up front Jase and Sheldon tried to swing it and myself and Russell tried to hit our lengths and then the bouncer became a surprise, probably even a dot ball option, so whilst it is obviously the preferred tactic, the most important thing is the balls that accompany, the other four balls in the over.

"We may get early wickets, we may not. When do we use the bumper? How regularly do we use it? And how much will the effect of the pitch allow us to use the bouncer as well?"

As Sid Monga noted in his early analysis of short pitched bowling this World Cup, against Afghanistan, "Eighteen percent of balls delivered by Australia's quicks were short, almost double the usual rate you see."

West Indies demolished Pakistan with similar roughhouse tactics. Most notable was Andre Russell's venomous three-over spell, of which 18 deliveries were short, that netted two wickets and conceded just four runs.

Made a meal outta me And came back for more

England tried it unsuccessfully against Pakistan, playing Mark Wood and Joffra Archer in the hope fast, short-pitch lightning could strike twice on the same ground against the same opponents but, as is often the case, while the high-risk high-reward tactic of bowling short did result in six wickets, it also allowed for a big score: Pakistan made 113 runs of their total score off 109 short balls.

Thursday's match will be played on the same pitch that was used in that run-fest. Pitch 6, or the record pitch, as it's often called after England's 481 in last year's ODI against Australia. But Brathwaite knows Australian batsmen are more likely to treat short, fast bowling like Vegemite on toast; a familiar meal.

"Traditionally they've grown up on fast bouncy tracks and there's only two balls an over," said Brathwaite. "And it's a mental game. If that bouncer can get into their head and allow our other four balls in that over to be perfectly executed or you know give us a bigger margin for error then perfect.

"If not then we have to find another strategy but yes, we do expect Australia to play it better than Pakistan. However we need to be better at our other four balls as well because everyone knows what's coming and it's about execution versus execution.

"We may get early wickets, we may not. When do we use the bumper? How regularly do we use it? And how much will the effect of the pitch allow us to use the bouncer as well?"

But while Australia's batsmen may be more accustomed to facing the heat, Brathwaite suggested that familiarity could occasionally breed contempt.

"Some batsmen are traditionally good, some batsmen traditionally not so much," said Brathwaite. "But there's a saying in the Caribbean that people that can't swim don't drown. So maybe the person that can play the short ball better may be more susceptible and the ones that are more expectant of it may be more wary and, as a result, not take it on so much."

Had to cool me down to take another round Now I'm back in the ring to take another swing

One very short boundary, The Record Pitch, some of the game's most belligerent strikers and aggressive bowlers.

All the elements are there. If they click, it could shake us all game long.