England coach Matthew Mott expressed hope that Josh Hazlewood's remarks about Australia potentially aiming for a slim win over Scotland to eliminate England from the T20 World Cup were made in jest. England's initial match against Scotland was abandoned due to rain, and following a defeat to Australia, they need victories in their remaining games to match Scotland's points, though Scotland has a better net run-rate. Despite being heavy favorites in their upcoming match, Hazlewood indicated a preference for a close win that could end England's title defense. Mott, speaking to BBC Sport, described Hazlewood as a good-humored individual and hoped his comments were merely playful. After Australia's qualification for the Super Eight stage, Hazlewood told reporters they would be content to eliminate England early to avoid a later clash. He suggested a strategy of prolonging the match against Scotland without specifying details. Meanwhile, Australia's captain Mitchell Marsh could face a suspension and fines for manipulating the game, but former Australian captain Tim Paine supported the idea, stating it could strategically benefit the team.