‘In our best interest to see England suffer early exit’

By AFP
June 13, 2024
Australia's Josh Hazlewood celebrates after taking a wicket during a match. — Reuters/File

NORTH SOUND, Antigua and Barbuda: Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood believes "it´s in our best interest" to see defending champions and bitter rivals England suffer an early exit at the T20 World Cup, refusing to rule out manipulating the system to achieve their aim.

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Australia have already secured their place in the second round Super Eights with three wins in three matches in Group B.

England have just one point from two games and need to win their remaining two matches to have any chance of joining the Australians in the next phase.

Scotland are currently second with five points and set to grab the remaining Super Eights spot.

Australia and Scotland, who crucially have a vastly superior net run-rate to England, meet on Sunday at St Lucia. "In this tournament you potentially come up against England at some stage again and they´re probably one of the top few teams on their day," said Hazlewood after Australia cruised past Namibia by nine wickets on Tuesday.

"We´ve had some real struggles against them in T20 cricket so if we can get them out of the tournament that´s in our best interest as well as probably everyone else. "It´ll be interesting to see. We´ve never really been in this position before as a team."

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