Amy Jones insisted England would welcome facing Australia at any stage of the Women’s T20 World Cup after their new bolder approach passed an acid test against India.
England overcame a couple of rocky moments to prevail by 11 runs on Saturday and only need to avoid defeat to Pakistan today to secure top spot in their group and guarantee any contest between them and Australia could not take place until Sunday’s final in Cape Town.
But Jones, who made a quickfire 40 off 27 balls against India, accepts if England are to scoop a second title and first since the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2009 then they will likely have to get past Australia, who have already sealed top spot in the other group, at some point.
‘If we’re to win the World Cup, we need to beat India, Australia,’ she said. ‘For us, it’s not really important when we come up against them.
‘Obviously they’re an incredible side but it’s not something we’re thinking about, trying to avoid them.
‘We’ve come to win the World Cup and to do that we’re going to have to beat them at some stage. I guess the timing is not really important.’
Cummings out of India following family matters
Pat Cummins has left Australia’s tour of India due to a ‘serious family illness’ but is expected to be back in time for the third Test. India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series and retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy after beating Australia by six wickets in Delhi on Sunday.
Captain Cummins was flying back to Sydney as a family member is struggling with a ‘serious illness’ but is scheduled to rejoin his team-mates in time to play the final two matches in Indore and Ahmedabad.
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