Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
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Scotland's cricketers put Auld Enemy to the sword

Scotland's cricketers put Auld Enemy to the sword

England will be keen to bounce back from the defeat when they begin their five-match ODI series against Australia on Wednesday. I think we've got momentum coming into these tours and to play a couple of practice games and get a couple of wins [against Sussex and Middlesex] is great for us.

'It was an interesting game.

The left-hander denied it was a reality check, but admitted they deserved to lose.

"It was a really interesting game yesterday, good for us that England lost that game, great for Scotland as a country, and as a cricketing nation, it's really exciting for them", Ashton Agar told reporters on Monday. I didn't watch it as closely as I could have. "At the end England didn't really finish the job".

He said: "On the positive side we are better for the run we have had, it is better than having two days of training leading into a big series against Australia, so there are mistakes we made and hopefully we can learn from them".

After the infamous ball-tampering saga, the Australian team led by a new captain in Tim Paine is all set to take on the number one ODI side England.

With superstar batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith also unavailable, Australia have been given little to no chance of success against the world's No.1-ranked side, something Paine believes can work in his team's favour.

"He would have been hurt, and his family too".

The world's top-ranked ODI team, who play the first of five matches against Australia in London on Wednesday, were beaten by six runs in the 49th over after failing to pull off what would have been the second-highest run chase in ODI history.

Give him the scoreboard, therefore, and he could very well give you the game - whatever the format.

"It's a completely different challenge and a completely different team that we will be playing".

England captain Eoin Morgan refused to view the shock loss to Scotland as a catastrophe and paid tribute to the underdogs after yesterday's
sensational six-run win in a high-scoring
thriller, writes Duncan Smith.

"The guys will enjoy themselves and I'm sure be fit and raring to go for the Pakistan games". We know we're going to have to be at our absolute best.

This was Scotland's first match since March, when they narrowly missed out on qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

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