world : I hope Hazlewood was joking - England coach Mott

world : I hope Hazlewood was joking - England coach Mott
world : I hope Hazlewood was joking - England coach Mott

Wednesday 12 June 2024 10:54 PM

Nafeza 2 world - Manipulating scenarios in such a manner is a breach of the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct, rather than an offence against the sport’s anti-corruption code.

Australia captain Mitchell Marsh could be banned for up to two matches and face a fine if his side were found guilty – something that would be determined by the match referee.

Australia secured their progression by chasing 73 in just 5.4 overs to beat Namibia in Antigua on Tuesday. Were they faced with a similar situation against Scotland, completing the chase slower would benefit Scotland’s net run-rate.

Asked if it was in Australia’s “interest” to make it as difficult as possible for England to progress, Hazlewood said: “Yeah, I think so.

“In this tournament you potentially come up against England at some stage again and 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.

“Whether you get close and you just knock it around and drag it out, there's a few options there.”

He later went on to say taking confidence from a win would be “more important than trying to knock someone else out”.

“Knowing Josh, he has got a pretty dry sense of humour,” said Mott, who added he would not use such tactics in a reverse scenario.

“I am hoping it was very much tongue in cheek.”

If England improve their own net run-rate beyond Scotland’s in their two matches against Oman and Namibia then the only way Scotland could progress would be to beat Australia, or in the event of a washout.

Scotland currently hold a hefty advantage – their rate is 2.164 while England are currently on -1.800 – meaning England need two large wins.

There are many permutations at this stage but were Scotland to lose to Australia in a super over – thus not taking a net run-rate hit from the game – England would have to win by a combined 117 runs across the two matches.

Captain Jos Buttler said his side, who were heavily beaten by Australia on Saturday, must not get “consumed” by the permutations.

Oman are currently bottom of the Group B table with three defeats and are out of contention of finishing in the top two.

“Jos spoke really well about needing to earn the right to push hard in this game," said Mott.

“That's what teams do - a nice, cool calculated response."

England have a fully-fit squad to choose from, with the option to bring in Reece Topley again their most likely change.

Oman’s top order struggled against left-arm pace bowlers Ruben Trumpelmann and Mitchell Starc in their previous matches.

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