Boof-backed Aussies up for the chase

ALL-rounder James Faulkner says the freedom of playing under coach Darren Lehmann has given the Australian team confidence it can chase down any score against any opponent.

Few would argue with that after seeing the Aussies comfortably run down India's 3-309, with five wickets and four balls to spare, in Perth in the first of five one-dayers on Tuesday night.

"Since Boof (Lehmann) has taken over as coach he has given us a hell of a lot of confidence as a batting group ... to take on the game," Faulkner, man of the match in last year's World Cup victory againbst New Zealand, said.

"He said the other night after the game he would rather see us bowled out for 200 trying to reach 300-plus, than nudge it around and making a meal of it."

After seeing a mountain of runs scored on a flat WACA deck, Faulkner said he was expecting more of the same in the second one-dayer against the Indians at the Gabba tonight.

"I think everyone was quite surprised by how the wicket performed in Perth - it was obviously very flat," he said.

"I am expecting the same sort of scenario here (in Brisbane) as well.

"I haven't seen a one-day wicket that hasn't been flat here for a fair while."

That is sure to please Shaun Marsh, who is expected to replace opener David Warner (paternity leave) for what would be his first ODI in almost a year.



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