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Maxwell in firing line for semi-final

By AAP .
4 October 2012 09:12AM EST

AUSTRALIA will have their final training hit-out on Thursday as they prepare for their World Twenty20 knockout semi-final clash with West Indies on Friday night (2330 AEST).

Following their embarrassing collapse in scoring 7-117 against Pakistan's spinners who were defending a target of 150 in their Super Eights game, Australia coach Mickey Arthur says the team are considering recalling veteran middle-order batsman David Hussey for his first game of the tournament.

Young allrounder Glenn Maxwell could be in the firing line after taking 1-53 with his offspinners and scoring eight runs in two hits.

A highly regarded fieldsman, Maxwell dropped Nasir Jamshed at first slip on a duck on Tuesday night, then watched the left-hander score a match-winning 55.

In the same innings Maxwell also fumbled a ball in the outfield as it skipped between his legs on the boundary in an embarrassing error as Pakistan posted 6-149.

Then with the score on 4-65 in the 14th over, Maxwell launched an audacious off-drive and lobbed a catch to backward point off the bowling of spinner Raza Hasan.

Mike Hussey (54 not out) was the only Australia batsman to reach 20.

Australia still finished on top of Super Eights Group Two with a 2-1 record and a superior run-rate but their performances with bat and ball and in the field left Arthur with plenty to ponder.

Co-selector Arthur admitted it would be a harsh move to dump Maxwell or Cameron White for David Hussey based on one poor performance.

"But experience plays a massive part at the back end of a tournament and Dave has a little bit of experience," Arthur said.

"So we'll sit down and give it some real good thought over the next two days and come up with what is best."

Australia had lost only seven wickets in their first four games with opener Shane Watson (242 runs at 60.50) playing a starring role.

But Pakistan's five-pronged spin attack did what other sides had struggled to do and that was make early breakthroughs and expose the middle-order's inability to play spin.

"I don't think it's any great secret that we have some deficiencies at times against spin," skipper George Bailey said.

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