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“Sad” Pat Cummins can’t contain his dazzling smile

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when the reporter asks about England’s heartbreaking defeat against Sri Lanka.

When asked about England’s crushing 8-wicket World Cup loss to Sri Lanka, Pat Cummins responded.

On Thursday, the reigning champions England lost to Sri Lanka by eight wickets in Bengaluru, in yet another crushing loss at the hands of the World Cup 2023. England chose to bat and managed just 156 runs, their lowest World Cup total since 2003 and the lowest ODI score ever recorded at the typically batter-friendly M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. With their fourth loss in five games, the side’s chances of making it further in the tournament are now seriously jeopardised. Then, courtesy to aggressive half-centuries from Pathum Nissanka (77) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (65), Sri Lanka easily won, reaching 160-2 with 24.2 overs remaining.

In contrast to their historical opponents England, Australia has had different luck in the 2023 World Cup. Although they lost their opening two games to South Africa and India, Pat Cummins’ team had a difficult start to the season before mounting a strong recovery. They are presently in fourth in the points table after winning matches against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Netherlands. Australia plays its Trans-Tasman rivals, New Zealand, in a pivotal encounter on Saturday, with momentum on their side.

In the context of the tournament, Australia may have a lot riding on this game, but after England’s crushing loss to Sri Lanka, a journalist couldn’t help but question Cummins about his thoughts on England’s elimination from the 2023 World Cup. Additionally, despite the Australian captain’s insistence that it was disappointing to see England lose on Thursday, Cummins had a wide smile, which seemed to reflect the rivalry between the two titans of cricket.

Australia and England have not yet faced each other; their match is scheduled on November 4 at Ahmedabad’s famous Narendra Modi Stadium. However, England’s next encounter is against the highly competitive India on Sunday; Rohit Sharma’s team is yet to lose in the 2023 edition.

Australia, on the other hand, would like to bring their potent bowling and hitting from their most recent matches into the match against their longtime rivals New Zealand in Dharamsala. “Our group’s big on talking about the style that we want to play, and I think in the first two games not only did we not win, but I think we didn’t really nail the style that we wanted to play,” Cummins told reporters during the press conference.

“I believe that we’ve been a little more aggressive in our batting and bowling over the past few games. In terms of bowling, everyone has been quite receptive and has attempted a variety of things, such as bounces, different fields, and one-over periods. The squad has also shown a genuine buy-in, and the last few games have been amazing.

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