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Hat-Trick May Not Save Cummins from T20 World Cup Drop

Pat Cummins hat-trick

Pat Cummins concedes that his historic hat-trick in the T20 World Cup may not guarantee his spot against Afghanistan in the upcoming Super Eights clash. The seasoned fast bowler became the seventh player to achieve a hat-trick in the tournament’s history during Australia’s rain-affected win over Bangladesh on Thursday.

However, the upcoming match on Kingstown’s spin-friendly wicket in St Vincent might prompt selectors to favor another slow bowler over Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, or Mitchell Starc.

“Yes, potentially. We’ve been pretty open with that; anyone in the squad is ready to play, and the bowling line-up might change at different times,” said Cummins, who has participated in three of Australia’s five games so far.

“We need to be adaptable. We’ve got all bases covered. The best part is, I’m not the captain or a selector, so I just turn up and have no worries.”

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In their first-round victory over Scotland, Australia utilized one frontline fast bowler with spin options from Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, and Ashton Agar. Against England and Bangladesh, Cummins, Starc, and Hazlewood all played, while Starc missed the match against Namibia, allowing Cummins and Hazlewood to lead the attack.

Reflecting on his hat-trick against Bangladesh, Cummins revealed he was unaware he was on a hat-trick. “I didn’t know I was on a hat-trick. I saw it come up on the screen in the previous over, but by the time my next over came around, I forgot. Marcus Stoinis reminded me as he ran in cheering. So, yeah, nice one,” he added.

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