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England aims to heap more pain on Australia at T20 World Cup

Australia’s T20 World Cup title defence is on the ropes — and England paceman Sam Curran hopes his team can end up dealing the knockout blow.

England started their tournament on Saturday with a cruisy five-wicket win over Afghanistan with 11 balls to spare in Perth.

It was in stark contrast to Australia’s opener, in which the defending champions suffered a crushing 89-run loss to New Zealand.

It means Australia has now little wiggle room in its bid to qualify for the semi-finals.

Even winning the remaining group matches would not guarantee a top-two finish in the group after the net run-rate received an almighty whack against NZ.

Another loss is likely to spell the end of Australia’s campaign.

Curran is already looking forward to facing the hosts.

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