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In the build-up to Australia’s upcoming clash against England in the T20 World Cup 2024, captain Mitchell Marsh was asked about why Pat Cummins didn’t play in their tournament opener against Oman. In response, the 32-year-old hilariously remarked that he wanted to get one up on Pat Cummins as captain before confirming his availability for the big match.

For the unversed, in the T20 World Cup 2024 opener for Australia, Pat Cummins wasn’t part of the playing XI against Oman with Nathan Ellis taking his place. After being put into bat first at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, the Australian batting lineup played steadily for the majority of their batting innings with David Warner at one end before Marcus Stoinis took the attack to the opposition, to help the team post an above par total of 164/5.

In the run chase, the Oman batters tried hard but the skill and experience of Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Marcus Stoinis proved to be a handful. The Australians restricted the Asian nation to 125/9 in their allotted overs, winning the match by 39 runs.

Ian Ward, the English commentator, speaking on behalf of Sky Cricket, asked Mitchell Marsh about why Pat Cummins didn’t play against Oman in the T20 World Cup 2024. The captain of Australia said in response, “I just wanted to say that he wasn’t playing. Get one up on him as captain. Yeah, I dare say Patty will be coming back in this game.”

Moreover, England will be taking on Australia in the T20 World Cup 2024 after their first match against Scotland didn’t have a winner due to rain. It is expected to put pressure on the defending champions to secure a win against the Australians to get their tournament rolling.

Watch the hilarious response from Mitchell Marsh on leaving out Pat Cummins from the Australian XI against Oman: