Australia players wary of Oman but targeting fast start to final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying

The Socceroos need little warning of the threat that their opponents pose, and want to use the experience of their last meeting to their advantage this time around
Mark Schwarzer is confident Australia can adapt to the difficult surroundings in their first 2014 World Cup qualifier of the fourth round against Oman in Muscat on Friday.

The veteran goalkeeper said the five-day training camp in extreme heat conditions will be beneficial to the players and coaching staff.

"It gives you time and the chance to have a better understanding of it and mentally as well knowing what to expect," Schwarzer told reporters.

The Fulham shot stopper has not forgotten the Socceroos' shock 1-0 loss to Oman in November in the previous round of qualifying and is hoping they can build upon that experience.

"We look at that game as a very poor performance. Taking nothing away from Oman, they deserved it," Schwarzer said.

"Friday will be different with the extreme heat and is potentially a tougher game last time round; we have to learn from it."

He then declared it is vital to make a good start to the campaign and is eager for the team to get a result.

"It's always important. This is a huge game for us and we really do want to start off on the right foot and get a result," he said.

As for the chance at a third-successive appearance at a World Cup, the 39-year-old said it was a driving inspiration and believed it would represent a remarkable achievement.

"I continued playing because I believe I'm still good enough at the highest level and it would be an unbelievable accomplishment if we qualify for 2014," he said.

Meanwhile, Luke Wilkshire is glad to be back in the training camp and echoed his team-mate's words about the tricky proposition of Oman. The Dinamo Moscow right-back also endorsed the importance of making a flying start in the group.

"I was out with a hamstring injury for a few weeks and was suspended for the last game so it's great to be back. We know it's going to be tough and we need to be at our best to get some points," he said.

"This is a vital game for us, we know what's at stake and the last thing you want to be doing is playing catch-up."

Harry Kewell made a return in the 2-0 friendly defeat to Denmark, playing a much-needed 70 minutes.

He was looking forward to resuming his budding partnership with fellow striker Alex Brosque after several promising signs against Denmark.

"I was linking up well with Alex and we created a lot of chances and we're feeling good," he said.