T20 World Cup: Forget the permutations, focus on Afghanistan, says Australia’s chief selector | Cricket News


Australia should put their foot down in pursuit of a win against Afghanistan and not worry about the other external factors affecting their bid to reach the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals, chief selector George Bailey said.
The reigning champions take on the Afghans in Adelaide on Friday, who have been knocked out of the rain-affected tournament. They are behind New Zealand and England in their group with only two teams progressing to the next stage.
“The first port of call is to make sure you set yourself up to win the game and make sure you play well enough to do that,” Bailey told reporters.
“There is a lot that remains out of your control, I think (we have to go) in flexible, open-minded. I think we have a team that has talent, that if they have to put the foot down and do something special, they have it in them.”
New Zealand, England and Australia are level on five points with one round of group matches remaining, with the hosts in third place due to a low run rate.
New Zealand play Ireland on Friday while England take on Sri Lanka on Saturday.
“It’s about winning the game first,” Bailey said. “I don’t think you want to get too carried away with anything other than that in the beginning.
“We will no doubt be aware of certain permutations. There is a lot that is beyond our control, given the fact that England face Sri Lanka anyway after our game.”


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