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The State of Play

England head into tomorrow’s crunch T20 World Cup 2024 clash with arch-rivals Australia knowing there is little room for error.

Tuesday’s washout against Scotland – coupled with the Scots’ defeat of Namibia yesterday – has put the pressure firmly on Jos Buttler’s side.

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A defeat in Bridgetown would seriously damage their qualification hopes and leave the defending champions with painful flashbacks to their woeful ODI World Cup campaign in India before Christmas.

Former spinner Graeme Swann, part of the England team that won the tournament in 2010, told the Morning Star: “On paper, England are a very strong team, arguably the strongest team in the world, but their performances in the 50-over World Cup has made everyone feel a bit down about it.

“I think they need to forget about that, it’s a different format. Go out there, play ultra-aggressive cricket and beat the Aussies.

“Realistically if you don’t win this game, then you’re relying on other results to go your way and because it’s Australia, it is a massive game for England.

“It’s a must-win game and I think it should inspire the team. I hope they go into it with a very aggressive mindset and not tentative at all.”

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Australia opened their tournament with a straightforward 39-run win against Oman with David Warner impressing with a well-made 56 from 51 balls.

The veteran opener will retire from international cricket after the tournament and he maintains he pays little attention to the critics who were clamouring for Jake-Fraser McGurk to be given a chance after an impressive showing in the IPL.

Warner said: “It [the criticism] doesn’t fuel me. It’s in one ear, out the other. 

“I don’t understand why it’s all about myself. There are 11 players in the team. I don’t get it.

“People feel like they have to keep criticising the way I play. I don’t know what it is. I have no answer as to why people write that. I have had it my whole career. I don’t listen to it.”

Australia Test captain Pat Cummins missed the Oman game but could return while Mitchell Starc is fit after suffering from cramp.

England will likely stick with pace duo Mark Wood and Jofra Archer.

Expected line-ups

Australia: Warner, Head, Marsh (c), Maxwell, Stoinis, David, Wade (wk), Starc, Cummins, Zampa, Hazlewood

England: Salt, Buttler (c, wk), Jacks, Bairstow, Brook, Ali, Livingstone, Jordan, Archer, Rashid, Wood

How to watch

Sky have the rights to show the T20 World Cup to UK viewers in 2024 and will broadcast every game live. Coverage gets underway on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Action from 5.30pm UK time.

In India, the games can be streamed on Disney + Hotstar app and website. They are also available across the Star Sports Network. 


England can count themselves unlucky that the Barbados weather intervened earlier in the week, although the start they made with the ball before the heavens opened was hardly encouraging.

Tomorrow’s game should go a long way to show whether Buttler’s men are back on track after their ODI World Cup shocker or it’s the continuation of a gradual decline.

Either way it will be a tough test, particularly if Cummins is back in tandem with Starc. Chuck in Josh Hazlewood and the spin of Adam Zampa and Australia’s bowling attack looks formidable.

You could, in theory, say the same about England although it could well be Adil Rashid that proves key rather than Wood or Archer.

We are not convinced England have the mentality to get the job done tomorrow so we’re going for an Australia win.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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