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T20 World Cup 2024: England, Scotland, Australia in battle for Super 8 spot

T20 World Cup 2024: England, Scotland, Australia in battle for Super 8 spot

T20 World Cup 2024: England, Scotland, Australia in battle for Super 8 spot

England, Scotland, Australia in battle for Super 8 spot

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  • England will play Namibia on Saturday.
  • Australia will play Scotland on Sunday.
  • Australia may rest some players against Scotland.
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England is set to face Namibia on Saturday (June 15) at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Barbuda, while Australia’s next match is against Scotland on Sunday (June 16) at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.

The qualification for the Super Eight of all three teams is interdependent. England has improved its net run rate by scoring 50 runs in just 3.1 overs in their victory over Oman on Thursday.

If England manages to beat Namibia, then it becomes crucial for Scotland to defeat Australia to advance to the next stage of the T20 World Cup 2024.

Pat Cummins, the former Australian captain, stated that he would never think about manipulating their net run rate to eliminate England from the tournament as it contradicts the “spirit of cricket”.

In addition, Josh Hazlewood, Australia’s right-arm fast bowler, thinks that removing England from the tournament would be advantageous for the Kangaroos.

However, Cummins, who engaged in the Spirit of cricket debate, clarified that Hazlewood’s remarks on the subject were not intended to be taken seriously.

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“I think when you go out and play you are trying your best every time and if you are not, that’s probably against the spirit of cricket,” he shared with reporters in St Lucia prior to the outcome of the England-Oman match. “Haven’t really thought too deeply because it’s never really popped up.

“I was speaking to Joshy, who had a bit of a joke about it the other day, and think it got taken a little bit out of context. We’ll go there and just try and play Scotland who have had a really good tournament so far and will be tough. It’s [net run rate] something you kind of discuss as one of the quirks of the set-up but in terms of does it change the way we play, absolutely not.

“I’ve never stepped into the field without the mindset of trying to take the game on and be aggressive, like the guys have so far.”

Meanwhile, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, and Ashton Agar, who haven’t yet participated in the tournament, might showcase their abilities before the next stage, as the Mitchell Marsh-led team is considering resting some players in their match against Scotland on Sunday.

“I haven’t spoken to the selectors or anyone, so I don’t know what they’re thinking,” Cummins commented on the possibility of rotating players. “But I wouldn’t be surprised. I know going into the start of the tournament, in a perfect world, we’d get a game into just about all the squad members.”

“It’s a bit of a luxury now in this first section of the tournament but once we get to the Super Eights don’t think they’ll be any resting. Definitely [can play all the games], we are used to playing Test cricket so four overs is a breeze. There’s no workload issues at all. You start prioritising sleep, refuelling and those kind of things but in terms of getting up for the game, it’s fine. We’ve done it loads of times, loads of IPL games are kind of play, fly to the other side of the country and play again. Same with BBL. It’s not necessarily new. It will be busy but we are kind of used to it,” Cummins further added.

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