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“When you go out…… you’re trying your best every time”: Pat Cummins denies Australia manipulating England’s World Cup exit

Srinagar: Australia’s World Cup winning captain Pat Cummins has brushed aside the notion that Australia will underperform vs Scotland to manipulate England’s exit from T20 World Cup 2024.

Josh Hazlewood caused controversy this week when he said it would be in Australia’s interests for reigning champions England to be out of the competition.

Australia have already secured their place in the next round, the Super 8s and he suggested they could ease up in their closing Group B game against Scotland this weekend to engineer their bitter rivals’ exit.

That scenario now appears less likely after England crushed Oman by eight wickets on Thursday to move above Scotland on net run rate with a final game to come against Namibia.

In this case, if England beat Namibia then Scotland will have to overcome Australia to qualify for the Super Eight.

“When you go out and play you’re trying your best every time. And if you’re not, it’s probably against the spirit of cricket,” Pat Cummins told reporters in St Lucia.

“I don’t think you can (go into a game not trying to win) -– ever. You’re playing an international game in the middle of a World Cup.

“You still want to try and have a good game and carry that on into the Super Eights. I’ve never stepped onto the field without the mindset of being aggressive like the guys have so far.”

Cummins said he had spoken to Hazlewood and the comments were tongue-in-cheek and “got taken a bit out of context.”

“We’ll go out there and try to play Scotland, who have had a really good tournament so far, so it’s going to be tough,” he said.

“It’s something you discuss as one of the quirks of the set-up, but it 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.”

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