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Hat-trick may not spare Cummins from T20 WC chop

By AFP
June 22, 2024
Australias Pat Cummins bowling against Bangladesh on June 21, 2024. — AFP
Australia's Pat Cummins bowling against Bangladesh on June 21, 2024. — AFP

NORTH SOUND, Antigua and Barbuda: Pat Cummins admits that even taking the first hat-trick of the T20 World Cup may not save him from the axe when Australia tackle Afghanistan in their next Super Eights clash.

The veteran fast bowler became just the seventh man to claim a hat-trick in the history of the tournament in the rain-hit win over Bangladesh on Thursday. However, Saturday´s clash with Afghanistan is taking place on the spin-friendly wicket of Kingstown in St Vincent. That could mean Cummins, Josh Hazlewood or Mitchell Starc might sit out the game in favour of another slow bowler.

“Yes, potentially. We´ve been pretty open with that, that anyone in the squad´s ready to play and the bowling line-up might change at different times,” said Cmmmins who has played in three of his team´s five games so far. “It´s got to be adaptable. We feel like we´ve got all bases covered. So yeah, we´ll rock up there. And I mean, the best thing of all this is I´m not captain or selector or anything, so I just turn up and have no worries.”