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Fired-up Mitchell Johnson wants fast track to Cup success

AUSTRALIAN fast bowler Mitchell Johnson said he believes playing Bangladesh on a fast and bouncy Gabba wicket should largely take away the slim prospect of the Tigers causing a massive World Cup upset on Saturday.

The Bangladesh team made headlines in 2005 when it beat Australia in England as part of a one-day tri-series.

There appears to be little chance of that happening in Brisbane this Saturday, with the Australian team in tremendous form following its 111-run thumping over England on the weekend.

Johnson (2-36), and fellow quicks Mitchell Starc (2-47) and Mitchell Marsh (5-33) fired in that game.

"We have a really solid bowling attack at the moment, so to play on a wicket with a bit of pace and bounce is an advantage for us, for sure," Johnson (pictured) said.

Johnson and his teammates were on a quest to get even better after their comprehensive triumph over arch rival England.

The fact the No.1-ranked one-day international team will be playing the ninth-ranked outfit means nothing - Johnson will be running in as fast as ever.

"We want to keep getting better throughout this tournament and play perfect cricket," the left-arm firebrand said.

Australia captain Michael Clarke is on track to meet Cricket Australia's February 21 deadline in his return from surgery to repair a hamstring for this game.

Despite calls for struggling all-rounder and No.3 batsman Shane Watson to be dumped for Clarke, former World Cup-winning skipper Allan Border expects George Bailey to make way.

Bailey made a solid 55 from 69 balls against England, while Watson made a golden duck.

"Watson will be watched closely. I'm backing him to come good (but) he will be on notice," Border said.

Johnson said he would like minimal changes from the team that beat England so convincingly.

"It's hard to change a winning team. But if the wicket is nice and fast we could play an extra fast bowler - you never know," he said.

"We've got guys like Patty Cummins that didn't quite make it the last game who bowls nice and fast."

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