Ponting's grounds for optimism
Australia believe the fast and bouncy surface at the Kensington Oval will help their chances of creating history by becoming the first team in history to win three successive World Cups.
The reigning champions enter Saturday’s final against Sri Lanka boasting an enviable record in World Cups, with 22 successive wins and an unbeaten record of 28 matches stretching back to the 1999 tournament in England.
That run has given them a huge injection of confidence for the final, confidence which has been boosted further by a quick wicket in Barbados which they believe will favour an attack including Glenn McGrath, Shaun Tait, Nathan Bracken and all-rounder Shane Watson.
"We're looking forward to playing Sri Lanka in the final," admitted captain Ricky Ponting. "They're a good team and they played some very good cricket in their semi-final.
"But we're very confident from everything we've done in the last seven weeks - to win our games as comprehensively as we have gives us a lot of confidence.
"If it (the pitch) has the pace and bounce in it that it had for the last couple of games, it should play into our hands beautifully."
The Kensington Oval has been the most lively of all the pitches in the Caribbean during the eight-week tournament and Australia will enter the match as firm favourites.
Their last encounter during the Super Eight was not as close a contest as it could have been as Sri Lanka were missing Lasith Malinga with an ankle problem, while they rested Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas.
As a result, Australia romped to an 87-run triumph and Ponting believes Sri Lanka missed an opportunity to stamp their authority on the tournament by failing to play their full-strength line-up.
"It's going to be quite interesting against them after they rested a few players last time," said Ponting. "I thought they had a chance to make a bit of a statement against us in that last game and they chose not to by resting three of their best bowlers.
"All of their players have strengths and weaknesses - we just have to pick them to pieces again.
“Murali will do what he does, Malinga is bowling well at the moment and Vaas is a very good bowler with the new ball.
"We've got a couple of days now to look at how they've done in the last couple of games and make sure we are as well prepared as we possibly could be going into a final."
Saturday will also signal the end of 37-year-old McGrath's illustrious career after 14 years at the top, but Australia believe that, in 24-year-old Tait, they have found a new talent who can terrorise batsmen for years to come.
"He hasn't surprised me at all," claimed Ponting. "He's taken wickets along the way but, that was the reason he was here.
"We needed a bit of a strike bowler with Brett Lee not being here and I think Shaun's certainly given us that.
“To get 23 wickets in the tournament is a great return from him so far and hopefully he's still got a few more left in him."