England’s T20 World Cup predicament goes far beyond their own failings

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Australia meet Scotland in St Lucia on Saturday with the potential for a 1999 World Cup-style controversy in the air

They were showing India v Pakistan in the bar at Bridgetown airport on Sunday, this World Cup having been pleasingly visible in the Caribbean. But as England supporters watched that nail- biter unfold over a cold bottle of Banks before the flight to Antigua, Scotland were already in the land of sea and sun, gleefully lining up a week at the last-chance saloon for the Auld Enemy.

Coming 24 hours after England were out-thought and outplayed by Australia at Kensington Oval, and staged in parallel to Pakistan’s big flop in the Big Apple, that seven‑wicket victory against Oman at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium has put Richie Berrington’s side on the verge of swiping their boarding passes to the Super Eight phase. Knocking off a target of 151 with 41 balls to spare, supercharging their net run-rate in the process, they could scarcely have done more.

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Written by Ali Martin in Antigua
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/article/2024/jun/10/cricket-t20-world-cup-england-scotland-australia under the title “England’s T20 World Cup predicament goes far beyond their own failings”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.