T20 World Cup: Scotland can ‘hold their heads up’ after elimination from tournament, says captain Richie Berrington | cricket news

Scotland captain Richie Berrington says his team can “hold their heads up” after defeat to Australia ended their hopes of reaching the T20 Super 8 World Cup.

Scotland would have advanced to the second round at England’s expense had they beaten Mitchell Marsh’s team in St Lucia on Sunday, but lost by five wickets as the 2021 champions reached their target of 181 with two balls to spare.

Berrington’s men racked up the highest score by an associated nation against Australia in T20 cricket of 180-5, with the captain contributing 42 off 31 balls after Brandon McMullen scored 60 off 34 and George Munsey made 35 off 23.

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The final Group B standings at the T20 World Cup as Australia and England qualified for the Super 8s

Scotland were eliminated on net run rate after finishing level on points with England, a team they smashed for 90 runs in 10 overs (Munsey was 41 off 31 and his opening partner Michael Jones 45 off 30) before that game. was suspended due to rain earlier this month.

Berrington said: “The boys can hold their heads up high in terms of how they have played cricket throughout this tournament.

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Highlights from Barbados, where Scotland’s George Munsey and Michael Jones impressed against England before their T20 World Cup clash faded away.

“It’s a great learning experience for us, a great experience for the boys. We’re disappointed because we were in a position where we could win.”

“(Australia) have great forwards throughout the team and some great passes at the back got them back into the game and made it difficult for them to get back.”

“Scotland has improved a lot”

Of Scotland, Australia captain Marsh said: “They are a really good team. They have improved a lot in recent years. We have a lot of respect for them, they took it to the end.”

“T20 is a difficult format, you can make a little mistake and lose against anyone, as we almost saw today. They took us all the way and we gained a bit of experience.”

Australia finished top of Group B with eight points after four wins in four and will face India, Afghanistan and either Bangladesh or the Netherlands in Group 1 of Super 8s, while England will face West Indies, United States United and South Africa in Group 2.

Marsh added: “The World Cup starts again now. We have a lot of confidence in our group and we can continue to win cricket matches.”

Australia are aiming to complete a hat-trick of ICC trophies in this World Cup, having already held the World Test Championship and 50-over World Cup titles, defeating India in the finals of those respective tournaments. in 2023.

Australia's Tim David after his team beat Scotland (Associated Press)
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Australia were thoroughly tested by Scotland before winning in St Lucia.

Marsh’s team will also visit Scotland in September for three T20 internationals, on a tour of the UK that will also include three T20s and five one-day internationals against England.

Watch every T20 World Cup match, including the final in Barbados on Saturday, June 29, live on Sky Sports.

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