Jos Buttler Responds To Josh Hazlewood’s Controversial Comment
By CricShots - Jun 14, 2024 5:02 pm
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After a decisive victory over Namibia in the ongoing T20 World Cup, Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood made headlines with his comments about potentially conceding their final league match to Scotland, a move that would strategically eliminate England from the competition. Should Australia opt to lose to Scotland, it would allow Scotland to top the group with seven points, leaving England with a maximum possible five points and thereby out of the running for the Super 8 stage.

Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood

England had been trailing Scotland in Net Run Rate (NRR), but their prospects were significantly boosted after a dominant eight-wicket win over Oman. This victory enhanced their chances of advancing, provided they secured a win against Namibia in their final group match. The scenario leaves England’s fate partially dependent on the outcome of the Australia-Scotland match.

In response to Hazlewood’s provocative suggestion, England captain Jos Buttler maintained a composed stance, focusing on what his team can control. Buttler acknowledged the comments but emphasized that his team’s priority remains winning their upcoming match against Namibia.

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“People often make comments, but we know what’s happening in our dressing room,” Jos Buttler remarked during the post-match presentation ceremony. “We have another crucial match ahead. Our focus is entirely on that. We can only control our performance.”

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler

England’s recent performance against Oman was nothing short of spectacular. The bowlers were in top form, with Adil Rashid claiming four wickets and Mark Wood and Jofra Archer taking three apiece, reducing Oman to a mere 47 runs.

England then chased down the target in just 3.1 overs, significantly boosting their NRR. Despite the impressive win, Buttler remained cautious, reminding his team that their work is far from finished.

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“The bowlers set the tone beautifully, taking early wickets and restricting them to a low total,” Jos Buttler said. “We’ve got another important game in two days. The bowling was exceptional, with great lines and lengths, and the surface offered more bounce and spin than expected. Adil bowled exceptionally well. The key message was to stay ultra-positive.”

Buttler’s comments reflect a determined and focused England side, ready to give their best in the decisive match against Namibia, while keeping an eye on the unpredictable dynamics of the tournament.