Matthew Mott reacts to Josh Hazlewood's comments about knocking England out of the T20 World Cup

Defending champions are yet to win a game in the competition

By Web Desk
June 12, 2024
England cricket team's coach, Matthew Mott - AFP 

England cricket team are yet to win a match in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 as their first game against Scotland was abandoned due to rain and they lost their second match against Australia.

Their situation seems dire and Australia’s Josh Hazlewood believes that it will be in their best interest if England does not qualify for the Super-8s.

Hazlewood’s remark has rattled the English side and their head coach Matthew Mott, in an interview with BBC Sports, stated that he hopes that the pacer was just having fun.

“I am very much hoping it was an off-hand remark by a really good bloke who is having fun. Having grown up in Australia and the will to win every game, I am sure they will come to the fore,” Mott said.

“Knowing Josh, he has got a pretty dry sense of humour. I am hoping it was very much tongue in cheek," he added.

In a press conference during the T20 World Cup 2024, the Australian pacer stated that, "In this tournament, you potentially come up against England at some stage again and they're probably one of the top few teams on their day. We've had some real struggles against them in T20 cricket so if we can get them out of the tournament that's in our best interest, as well as probably everyone else's."

He was also asked to share details of the methods the Kangaroos will use to get England out of the T20 World Cup 2024 but he did not specify, "I am not too sure. You get close; you then just knock it around and drag it out. There are a few options."

England have two more games to play in the group stage of the T20 World Cup 2024 against Oman and Namibia on June 13 and June 15 respectively.