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How Australia can help the old enemy advance at T20 World Cup

“We’ve got Namibia in front of us and that’s our focus, not England.”

Victory over Namibia would create the chance for Australia to rest some of their stars, further complicating England’s chances of defending the title they won in Australia two years ago.

Australia coach Andrew McDonald.Credit: Getty

“We need a win to guarantee ourselves a way through. After that, once we’ve firmed up that qualification, then we can start to look at that potential if we feel like it’s necessary,” McDonald said.

With a washout against Scotland and loss to Australia, England are yet to win a game and can do no better than two victories.

After a strong win over Oman on Monday (AEST), chasing down 150 in 13.1 overs, Scotland now lead Group B with five points from two wins and a washout with their remaining match against Australia on Sunday morning (AEST).

Australia should finish on top of Group B but even if England win their last two matches net run-rate looks set to be the deciding factor.

Scotland’s run rate is currently 2.164 after a strong start to the tournament against their fellow minnows while England’s is -1.8. That could change dramatically if England have big wins over Namibia and Oman.

Australia have form at manipulating run rates in a World Cup, albeit from 25 years ago.

After a difficult start to the 1999 tournament under the captaincy of Steve Waugh, Australia contrived a go-slow against the West Indies.

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Matthew England of The Guardian wrote “the result was a dreadful and shameful game of cricket.” It pushed New Zealand out of the tournament while making sure that Australia and the West Indies both went through to the last six.

Having bowled the West Indies out for just 110, Australia got within 19 of victory with almost half their overs left then barely scored for 13 overs.

with AAP

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