Scotland stuns top-ranked England 1st time in thrilling ODI shock

In the 12 months leading up to the 2019 WC England will play 24 ODIs to achieve that ruthlessness needed to win the event

In the 12 months leading up to the 2019 WC England will play 24 ODIs to achieve that ruthlessness needed to win the event

Adil Rashid discusses a "wake-up call" defeat to Scotland, sledging and previews England's ODI series against Australia in his first Sky Sports column...

It will be a huge concern to England a year before they host the World Cup that their attack could look so toothless and concede so many against an associate team full of club players.

"I'm not going to say anything", said Sharif, the paceman.

England and Australia now turn their attention to a five-match series starting at the Oval on Wednesday and Agar thinks the tourists, who beat Middlesex by 101 runs in their final warm-up match, can take advantage of any dent to England's confidence.

Despite their lofty status, England go into the game after a shock six-run defeat to Scotland in Edinburgh and will be without talismanic allrounder Ben Stokes and key bowler Chris Woakes.

Even though Bairstow was to depart for 105 England were still cruising when they reached 220 for two in the 27th over but a catalogue of errors sparked by the needless run out of Joe Root was to prove England's demise.

"We want more games".


On a personal front, the series presents the 24-year-old Agar an opportunity to nail down his spot as the lead spinner of the side.

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. This should be a catalyst for more games.

"I've always seen having that extra bowling option work well in domestic cricket, particularly if your seven and eight can bat a bit and we've seen that with Ashton Agar and Michael Neser".

That's what they will go out and try to achieve against the top team in the world, with the playing XI for the England game all available to choose from.

At the other end of the camp, Eoin Morgan, the England skipper, remained positive despite the loss. "We want to be courageous enough to walk through the door and win games".

"I thought the way we played today we didn't deserve to win it, we might have scraped past and won but there are still quite a few mistakes made that we need to rectify". "I'm not hugely disappointed about it because it was a good competitive game and that is all we could have asked for".

Talk of "partnerships" suggests that links with Scotland have switched from Durham, stricken by financial hardship, to Derbyshire, with Bradburn adding: "It's an exciting partnership between Cricket Scotland and Derbyshire".

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