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Scotland's win is great for Australia - Ashton Agar

13 June 2018, 01:04 | Charlene Valdez

Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow

All signs suggest England will continue to play high-wire one-day cricket - they did, after all, almost complete the joint-second highest ODI chase on Sunday - but they have had a painful reminder that the trapeze act comes with inherent risk.

"We have got to enjoy the occasion", he said.

The loss to Scotland was England's first outing since rising to top of the ODI rankings, but Bairstow does not think that tag will affect the team or their opponents going forward.

"Every time we've played against Australia, the side we've come up against has played hard, tough cricket, so we'll expect that as well".

The International Cricket Council's decision to shrink the World Cup from 14 teams to 10 had already been heavily criticised long before Scotland and their fellow associate or non-Test nations impressed with the quality of their play in Zimbabwe.

There was only one change in the squad from the T20I series against the West Indies in April, with Haris Sohail replacing Babar Azam, who fractured his wrist during the first Test against England last week.

Scotland's one-down batsman, Calum MacLeod, smashed a 94-ball 140 against England's experienced bunch of bowlers including Moeen Ali, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood and David Willey.


Talking on the defeat Bairstow said, "It's part and parcel of the game".

It will also be Justin Langer's first assignment as coach of Australia. There could be ODI debuts for D'arcy Short and Michael Neser.

Scotland's 371 was its highest score in ODI cricket. Even in this new era of toned-down sledging from Australia, it would be a surprise if England's stumble in Edinburgh wasn't given the occasional mention when the two sides meet.

Eoin Morgan is confident England can learn the lessons of their shock six-run loss to Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday in time for a one-day global series against Australia.

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".

We've created an electric atmosphere and it's something we need to do more.



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