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England's T20 World Cup permutations ahead of Australia v Scotland

It's safe to say England's T20 World Cup campaign couldn't have got off to a worse start.

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Jos Buttler's side were denied the chance to beat Scotland when the rain came, before a comprehensive defeat to rivals Australia, and the two sides could still combine to knock England out in the group stage.

The weather and results mean England can only record five points by beating Namibia after their thrashing of Oman - a near certainty as long as the rain holds off - before watching and hoping Australia can do them a favour.

The only way England can go through is by winning their final game, hoping Australia beat Scotland, and that the net run rates go in their favour.

Scotland's net run rate (NRR) is currently 2.164 after dispatching Oman and Namibia, while England are on 3.081 - a considerable jump after being on -1.8 after the Australia defeat.

England needed a huge win and that's exactly what they did, limiting Oman to just 47 all out (when all out, the total runs scored is divided by 20 as opposed to the actual number of overs faced to calculate run rate) before knocking off the total in just 19 deliveries.

Aussie bowler Josh Hazlewood admitted it's in his side's best interests if England were eliminated, saying: "In this tournament you potentially come up against England at some stage again and they're probably one of the top few teams on their day.

"We've had some real struggles against them in T20 cricket so if we can get them out of the tournament that's in our best interest, as well as probably everyone else's."

England and Australia would be kept apart in the Super 8s regardless of what happens in the remaining games, but the 2021 winners won't be doing their chances any harm by dumping the reigning champions out.

Australia will be aware of the scores needed to ensure they can beat Scotland while knocking England out after England's match with Namibia, and Hazlewood said when asked how Australia might try and thwart England: "Not too sure really, whether you get close and just knock it around and drag it out."

Scotland's NRR has been achieved by scoring 310 runs in 31.4 overs while conceding 305 in 40 overs. Australia won't allow Scotland to walk over them, but it's going to be tricky to facilitate a win that sees Scotland go through on NRR considering England's now-superior NRR.

Had Scotland gone into the game with a superior NRR, Australia could potentially get to the latter stages of the contest and if victory was virtually assured, slow their run rate down, to limit the damage to Scotland's net run rate.

As it happens, assuming England get a result against Namibia, Australia could only eliminate England by losing to Scotland, and they couldn't do that... could they?

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