Left-arm pacer Starc is the leading Australian wicket-taker with 18 wickets from six matches in the tournament so far.

"It will be a great contest as it involves two extremely competitive teams. India have shown a lot of consistency but at the same time Australia have a lot of quality in their ranks. It will be a good match but I will rate Australia's chances as slightly better in the semi-finals. I believe Mitchell Starc's performance could be a decisive factor," Marsh asserted

The 56-year-old Marsh, who has won the World Cup both as player (in 1987) and coach (1999), is very impressed in the manner India have made a comeback after an indifferent show during the Test and ODI series in Australia.

It had been an incredible comeback for them in the World Cup after the Test and tri-series. They had really pulled it off well. It had been a collective effort. The batsmen had performed and the bowlers had done a splendid job for them so far former opener cited.

“It is certainly not going to be easy for Australia. For Australia, the best part is that they bat deep," said Marsh, who has played 50 Tests and 117 ODIs for Australia between 1985 and 1992.

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