Pat Cummins Highlights Spirit Of Cricket After Josh Hazlewood Hints Result manipulation To Eliminate England

Australia pacer Pat Cummins rubbished the talks of Australia underperforming against Scotland to knock England out of the Super 8s race. Pat Cummins said that if Australia does not play their best cricket against Scotland to dent England's hopes of reaching the Super 8s, it would be against the spirit of cricket.
Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins (Source: AP)

Australia pacer Pat Cummins has ruled out the possibility of the team deliberately underperforming against Scotland to knock England out of the Super 8s race. Cummins' remark came after pacer Josh Hazlewood hinted that Australia could manipulate the result against Scotland to dent England's chances of reaching the Super 8s. Australia play Scotland in their final group game of the T20 World Cup.
Scotland have five points to their tally and if they can pull off an upset against Australia, they will qualify for the Super 8s, knocking England out of the Super 8s race. Cummins said that if Australia manipulate the result against Scotland to dent England's hopes of reaching the Super 8s, it will be against the Spirit Of Cricket.
“When you go out and play, you’re trying your best every time,” Cummins said during a press conference.
“And if you’re not, it’s probably against the spirit of cricket. I haven’t really thought too deeply because it’s never really popped up. I don’t [think] you can, ever [manipulate a match]. You’re playing an international [match].”
England's chances of reaching the Super 8s took a massive blow after the team suffered a defeat against Australia. The team's first game against Scotland was washed out. England needed a massive win over Oman and Namibia to boost their run rate and they did exactly the same against Oman, picking a win by eight wickets. England chased the target of 48 in just the 4th over, taking their run rate well over Scotland.
Cummins said that Josh Hazlewood's comments regarding Australia manipulating the result against Scotland were sarcastic.
“I was speaking to Joshy who had a bit of a joke about it the other day and it got taken a bit out of context,” Cummins said.
“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.
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