Nov 4, 2021: Australia may need a favour from old rival England if they are to reach the T20 World Cup semi-finals.
With four out of four wins in Group 1 of the tournament, England effectively secured a place in their semi-finals, leaving Australia and South Africa to fight for the last spot.
South Africa currently has six points from four matches, while Australia have four points from three matches. However, after England lost eight wickets in their last match after being bowled out for 125, Aaron Finch’s team suffered on their run rate which would be a tiebreaker with South Africa ending at the points level.
On Thursday, Australia will look to increase their points and runs further when they face a helpless Bangladesh team that has lost all four matches. Despite their precarious position, the Australians, who still have to face the West Indies, insist they are not looking to England for help when Eoin Morgan’s England play in their final group match on Saturday facing South Africa.
Australia, who have never won a T20 World Cup, have so far beaten South Africa by five wickets and Sri Lanka by seven wickets, continuing the overall trend of teams coming to the field first in the humid conditions of the Gulf.
“We have practiced bowling with wet balls. I think you have to prepare this thing to come to this part of the world, “said left arm spinner Ashton Agar, who took one wicket and scored 20 runs in the game against England.
Talking about the current prospects of Australia, Agar said,“We go into every game thinking that you have to win. It’s something that helps you move on from the England game.
“I think that’s really important, to move forward, to put that one behind us because England played incredibly well, and obviously they beat us pretty convincingly.”
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