Pat Cummins talks about the possibility of Australia manipulating the Points Table

Pat Cummins has asserted that Australia would never consider manipulating their net run rate to eliminate England from the T20 World Cup 2024, stating that such tactics would be against the Spirit of Cricket. This statement follows a scenario where Australia could have impacted England‘s chances by narrowly beating Scotland. However, Jos Buttler‘s side ensured their position by thrashing Oman, boosting their net run rate.

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Josh Hazlewood had previously stirred controversy by suggesting it would be advantageous for teams to knock out England if possible. Cummins clarified that Hazlewood’s comments were taken out of context and reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to playing each game with integrity.

“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,” Cummins told reporters in St Lucia before the result 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.”

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“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,” he added.

With Australia already advancing, they may rotate players in the upcoming match against Scotland to give game time to those who haven’t played yet. Players like Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, and Ashton Agar might feature in this match.

Mitchell Starc is expected to be available after recovering from calf soreness. Cummins, who missed the opening match against Oman, hinted at the possibility of resting key players to keep them fresh for the Super Eight stage.

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“I haven’t spoken to the selectors or anyone, so I don’t know what they’re thinking,” Cummins said of the option to rotate 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.”

However, Cummins emphasized that once the Super Eight stage begins, there would be no resting despite the busy schedule. “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.”

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Pat Cummins has asserted that Australia would never consider manipulating their net run rate to eliminate England from the T20 World Cup 2024, stating that such tactics would be against the Spirit of Cricket. This statement follows a scenario where Australia could have impacted England's chances by narrowly beating Scotland. However, Jos Buttler's side ensured their position by thrashing Oman, boosting their net run rate.

Josh Hazlewood had previously stirred controversy by suggesting it would be advantageous for teams to knock out England if possible. Cummins clarified that Hazlewood's comments were taken out of context and reaffirmed Australia's commitment to playing each game with integrity.

"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," Cummins told reporters in St Lucia before the result 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," he added.

With Australia already advancing, they may rotate players in the upcoming match against Scotland to give game time to those who haven't played yet. Players like Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, and Ashton Agar might feature in this match.

Mitchell Starc is expected to be available after recovering from calf soreness. Cummins, who missed the opening match against Oman, hinted at the possibility of resting key players to keep them fresh for the Super Eight stage.

"I haven't spoken to the selectors or anyone, so I don't know what they're thinking," Cummins said of the option to rotate 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."

However, Cummins emphasized that once the Super Eight stage begins, there would be no resting despite the busy schedule. "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."

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