Pat Cummins addresses controversy over Australia allegedly manipulating the result against Scotland

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins has addressed the recent controversy surrounding allegations that the team manipulated the match result against Scotland. Cummins reassured that the Australian squad’s mentality and strategy remain unchanged, regardless of England’s situation. He clarified that Josh Hazlewood’s lighthearted comment about taking a relaxed approach against Scotland was misconstrued.

Following Hazlewood’s remarks, questions were raised about Australia’s commitment to the “spirit of cricket,” putting Mitchell Marsh’s team under scrutiny. Australia is set to face Scotland in a crucial Group B match on June 16 at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia.

Cummins emphasized that Australia is determined to give a strong performance against Scotland, who are vying for a spot in the Super 8 stage. “Whenever you play, you give it your all. Not doing so goes against the spirit of cricket,” said Cummins, the Test and ODI captain, who has temporarily handed over the T20 leadership to Marsh.

Addressing Hazlewood’s comments, Cummins explained that they were taken out of context and reiterated Australia’s commitment to playing competitively against Scotland. Hazlewood had been asked if the team would ease off against Scotland to which he replied that while there hadn’t been any discussions about it, they wouldn’t dismiss the idea given the potential threat England could pose later in the tournament.

Cummins firmly stated that Australia would never deliberately underperform to disadvantage England. “While it’s an interesting hypothetical, it doesn’t change our approach. We always aim to win.”

As for the upcoming match, Cummins rejected any notion of not trying to win. “You can’t step onto the field without the intent to win, especially in an international game during the World Cup. We want to maintain our aggressive mindset and carry that into the Super Eights.”

England’s recent 8-wicket victory over Oman has boosted their net run rate above Scotland’s, making Scotland’s match against Australia crucial for their Super 8 qualification. Meanwhile, if Australia were to manipulate the match outcome, Marsh could face a suspension.

In summary, Cummins assured that Australia is committed to fair play and will compete vigorously against Scotland.

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