Scotland stun top-ranked England at Edinburgh

Heather Diaz
June 12, 2018

While England were suffering a surprise ODI defeat to Scotland in Edinburgh, or "Henning Berg" - former Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers defender - according to Bumble's mispronunciation, attention turned to the upcoming Australia series and the hosts' preparation for the World Cup in a year's time.

"You could say maybe [the squad is weakened] slightly without that 150kph Mitchell Starc coming in, but you have another 150kph in Billy Stanlake. if you take out 100 one-day wickets or whatever Starcy has, it will change things a little bit, but it's a great chance for Billy to show his stuff, bowl 150ks and hopefully rip through them".

"The level of expectation has been high around the team for a while, it doesn't get higher than being number one in the world", Morgan said.

It has been four months since I made the decision to focus exclusively on white-ball cricket, it is early days but, personally, I think it has gone OK so far.

"We didn't play anywhere near to our best", admitted skipper Eoin Morgan.

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"You have a couple of really good players who aren't in the mix at the moment, having said that, we do have a really versatile squad, an injection of youth which is always helpful, so there's a lot of energy and a lot of players who are really believing in themselves at the moment. We want to be fearless enough to walk through the door and win games".

A combination of a controversial umpiring decision - with no review system in place - and rain saw them just miss out in the qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe.

Scotland's victory will send out a powerful message to the ICC, which voted to restrict the 2019 World Cup to 10 teams from the previous 14, which makes it far more hard for second-tier sides to qualify. "We've created an electric atmosphere and it's something we need to do more".

That should take nothing away from a Scotland side still bristling from their desperately unlucky failure to qualify for the World Cup and eager to prove they belong at cricket's top table. That is the bigger shop window rather than personal side of it. "They'll (ICC) have seen it all today so hopefully they'll click onto that".

While Scotland broke records for fun during the one-off contest, England made a game out of the chase thanks to the brilliant 59-ball 105 from Jonny Bairstow who became the first England batsman to register three successive centuries in the 50-over format but his side lost the plot despite some enterprising cameos from the lower order. It would be nice to play a few more games like this.

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